Three stories receive honorable mention for 2014 | Courier-Herald Top 10

As we enter into a new year, we look back over the past year’s ups and downs. With the clock ticking toward midnight, we take a look at the top 10 stories to grace the pages of the Courier-Herald over the past year. Here are honorable mention pieces from 2014.

East Pierce Firefighter Mike Westland and former Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald staff writer Theresa De Lay at Fire Ops 101 on May 2.

As we enter into a new year, we look back over the past year’s ups and downs.

With the clock ticking toward midnight, we take a look at the top 10 stories to grace the pages of the Courier-Herald over the past year.

Here are honorable mention pieces from 2014.

Facing the fire and conquering her fears

Last May, former staff writer Theresa De Lay embarked on a mission to get a taste of what firefighters go through when responding to incidents.

De Lay participated in Fire Ops 101 in Hanford where she worked with her firefighter shadows Matt Lowery and Mike Westland from IAFF Local 3520.

Tailgating bus fit for the ultimate 12th Man

A group of friends who consider themselves to be an “extension of the Seahawks” unveiled their double decker, Seahawks themed bus on Aug. 28 during the last preseason game against the Raiders.

The bus, known as “The Beast,” houses three TVs, a beer pong table, a replica Lombardi trophy, King Dome chairs, a bar, goal posts, a graveyard with tombstones for past opponents and much more.

Bank heist ends quickly

Bonney Lake resident Gary Gookstetter, 79, entered Sound Credit Union on Sept. 16 with the intent to rob the bank.

He succeeded, leaving with an undisclosed amount of money.

On his way out the front door, walking to his car that was parked out front, he was met by Bonney Lake police officers – ending his heist.

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