Washington state troopers who died in the line of duty will be honored with new memorial
The washington state patrol is commemorating. Its centennial this year. And tomorrow the agency will unveil a new memorial that honors the troopers who have died in the line of duty over the past one hundred years. Kyw's austin jenkins has this radio in the washington state patrol first century of service. Thirty one troopers died while performing their duties. The i was twenty five year old vernon fortin his death in nineteen twenty-three happened after his motorcycle collided. With another patrolman's the most recent was twenty eight year old justin schafer who has killed last year while deploying spike strips on interstate five. Two women troopers are also among the line of duty deaths now. All thirty one will be honored as part of a new heroes wall at state patrol headquarters in olympia governor. Jay inslee will join the chief of the patrol. John batiste at the formal unveiling of the permanent memorial the ceremony will include family members of the troopers who died a state patrol honor guard and bagpipes. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.