WA trooper's death ruled 'line of duty'


Nearly four years ago a pioneering woman trooper with the washington state patrol died of cancer after an extensive review. It's now been determined. The cancer was the result of her work. Making it line of duty death. Kyw's austin jenkins explains rene padgett served in the washington state patrol for nearly thirty years. She found her calling in policing illegal wrecking yards but it was work that put her in contact with highly toxic chemicals in two thousand twelve at the age of forty five pageant was diagnosed with a rare blood cell cancer. Her battle to survive and her return to work during a period of remission were covered extensively by the media as were efforts to find her a bone marrow donor but in two thousand eighteen at the age of fifty paget died leaving behind her wife and two children now following a review by the washington department of labor and industries and the us environmental protection agency. Paget's death has been deemed of duty death. Her name will be added to the national law enforcement memorial. This may her legacy lives on paget's pictures featured on semi trucks that publicize missing children as part of a program. She helped spark called homeward bound. I'm austin jenkins in olympia. And rene paget becomes the thirtieth of thirty one washington state troopers. Who died in the line of duty since the start of the agency one hundred years ago.

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