‘He wanted to serve people’: Pierce County honors late deputy with memorial fund

Mar 17, 2022, 3:48 PM | Updated: Mar 18, 2022, 6:49 am
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Deputy Dominique Calata (left). (Photo courtesy of Pierce County Sheriff's Department)
(Photo courtesy of Pierce County Sheriff's Department)

Dominique “Dom” Calata, a Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy, passed away Wednesday afternoon after a shootout while issuing a warrant in Spanaway.

He leaves behind a wife and young son. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department has established a memorial fund in his honor.

“A legacy fund has been established in memory of Deputy Dom Calata. This is the official legacy fund and is created in partnership with Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers. 100% of all funds will go directly to Deputy Calata’s wife and young son,” a Pierce County news release reads.

A link to the fund can be found here. Donations go toward a nonprofit and constitute tax write-offs.

“We’ll take anything from $5, all the way up to whatever anybody wants to give,” Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer shared with KTTH’s The Jason Rantz Show. “Every penny matters. We want everybody to feel like they were able to give and be part of it, and we will acknowledge every donation — and the family, well, they’ll appreciate it.”

Troyer shared some details about Deputy Calata’s life. He was only 35 years old.

“Dom was one of our typical age deputies that are out there taking care of business,” the sheriff continued. “He spent six years in the military. He was in the reserves for seven years. He was his ASB president in high school, and was a guy that just always knew what he wanted to do.”

“He wanted to serve people. He wanted to serve his country, his community,” Troyer said. “Being on the department for six years, that’s relatively kind of short, and being able to make it as a front-man point guy in our SWAT team shows that you have a lot of experience. He also had a soft heart.”

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‘He wanted to serve people’: Pierce County honors late deputy with memorial fund