The following is an open letter from Washington State Patrol Chief John Bastiste:
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