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Hometown Hero: Brian Zillmer

SPONSORED — Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Zillmer starts his day in the comfort of his own home. He dons himself with a ballistic vest, his neatly pressed uniform and polished boots, his twenty-pound duty belt, steps into his car and immediately tells his dispatcher he’s on duty. He has no idea what the day will bring.

What we do know, is no matter what comes his way, Trooper Zillmer will go above and beyond the call of duty for those he serves.

As a patrol trooper, it’s his job to look for anyone who needs help. When he sees a motorist or pedestrian in need, or when he senses a driver could be impaired, Trooper Zillmer springs into action to keep everyone safe. However, what sets him apart are the countless hours of his own time that he gives to his local food bank, his time helping families in need during the holidays, or taking time for a hospitalized 3-year-old who has a dream of becoming a state trooper as covered by King 5. He works tirelessly to strengthen the bond between law enforcement and his community, and more than that, he simply cares and believes he can make a difference.

Trooper Zillmer is not only an outstanding example of a law enforcement officer, but of a giving community member. He uses every chance encounter to find ways to impact others and to “serve and protect” on and off the clock.

“The opportunity to give back to others who may not be so blessed is what defines me as a person,” Zillmer said, “The greatest gift that anyone can give that costs no money is their time. The time you give towards others will be remembered and appreciated forever.”

For his boundless generosity, KIRO Radio and your community credit union, WSECU are proud to honor Brian Zillmer as a Hometown Hero and award him with $2,000! WSECU knows that when we come together as a community, we can do more. If you know of a Hometown Hero, an exceptional person who makes your community a better place to live, nominate that person at

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