WSP Chief Thanks Citizens in Wake of Trooper Death | Community Spirit
It was a time for our state to mourn. Last week, a Washington State Patrol trooper shot in the line of duty was laid to rest. While most of us could not be along the processional route when Trooper Tony Radulescu was brought to his final resting place, many grieved across the state. Now, the chief of the Washington State Patrol is saying thank you.
Trooper Tony Radulescu was shot and killed in late February by a man he stopped for a traffic violation. It happened on a dark highway near the Kitsap County town of Gorst. The man who killed Trooper Radulescu shot and killed himself a few hours later as the SWAT team was closing in. Radulescu's death was the first trooper death in the line of duty in 13 years. Tuesday, WSP Chief John Batiste sent a letter to media outlets across the state, hoping to pass on his department's thanks for the support during this diffucult time.
Here is that letter:
The Washington State Patrol would like to thank all the wonderful people of Washington who showed their compassion and care following the tragic death Trooper Tony Radulescu.
When we in law enforcement lose one of our own, the outpouring of support from Washingtonians is a big factor in easing a very difficult time, and helping with the healing process that follows. We find real comfort in a community that cares, and I can assure you, so do the family and friends of the fallen officer.
So on behalf of all of us who work to protect our citizens, I want to express our gratitude for all of the support we have received from the communities, citizens, agencies, media, and others. Thank you for the funds, food, time, and so much more. Your support helped all involved better grieve and honor Trooper Radulescu’s life.
Trooper Radulescu’s death is not only a loss to our agency and the state of Washington, but to law enforcement as a whole. We are always mindful of the price that is paid to safeguard our citizens. Trooper Radulescu will never be forgotten.
Thank you for your care and kindness.
CHIEF JOHN R. BATISTE
WASHINGTON STATE PATROL