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Rantz: Trooper tells Gov. Inslee to ‘kiss my…’ in final sign-off before vaccine mandate

Oct 17, 2021, 10:24 AM | Updated: Oct 18, 2021, 11:58 am
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A 22-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol signed off from his final shift with some parting words for Governor Jay Inslee: “Kiss my ***.”

Trooper Robert LaMay is out of the WSP for refusing to comply with Inslee’s vaccine mandate. His final shift in uniform was Friday in Yakima County. He filmed his final call on the radio, thanking his colleagues for their work and support. He also told off Inslee.

The WSP stands to lose dozens of troopers, though the final number could be upwards of 100.

Trooper tells off Inslee on his last shift

LaMay is a Christian with religious objections to the vaccine. Though he is less than three years shy of full retirement, he stands his ground and refuses the vaccine. To LaMay, this is about religious liberties and freedom.

On Friday night, he took to his radio for the last time.

“This is my final sign-off. After 22 years of serving the citizens of the state of Washington, I’m being asked to leave because I am dirty,” LaMay announced, referring to his unvaccinated status. “Numerous fatalities, injuries, I’ve worked sick, I’ve played sick. We’ve buried lots of friends over these years. I’d like to thank you guys. I’d like to thank the citizens of Yakima County as well as my fellow officers within the valley. Without you guys, I wouldn’t have been very successful. And you kept me safe and got me to my family every night. Thank you for that.”

LaMay gets visibly emotional but continues.

“I wish I could say more, but this is it so state 10-34, this is the last time you’ll hear me in a state patrol car. And Jay Inslee can kiss my ***,” he concludes.

LaMay honored over the radio call

After his final radio call, he was honored with a send-off from the communications center. It highlights the type of trooper Washington is losing due to Inslee’s mandate.

In his first year, LaMay delivered a baby while on patrol in Bremerton. Since then, he’s earned a long list of certifications. He held the position of a Commercial vehicle trooper certified in HAZMAT, attending On Scene HAZMAT Command School. He was trained as a Collision Reconstructionist, with a specialty in heavy vehicles. He was also a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor.

LaMay has been honored with multiple awards, including the Red Cross Real Life Hero award, WSP Commission Award (twice), WSP Commercial Vehicle Division Trooper of year in 2007, 2008, and 2009, and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission certificate of appreciation for seat belt enforcement.

“You’ve been a great role model and mentor for all young troopers serving in the area by sharing your knowledge and experience throughout the years. Thank you for your service,” the dispatch operator said.

And with that, the married father of four turned to the camera and said, “That’s it.”

Husband and Wife WSP staff say goodbye on their final day

LaMay wasn’t the only trooper who filmed his sign off

Sgt. Richard Thompson is a nearly 17-year veteran of the WSP out of Cowlitz County. He tearfully offers his final sign-off, saying he is leaving out of a “moral stand for medical freedom and personal choice.” He was barely holding back tears.

He has been a field training officer, drug recognition officer, and peer support/critical incident stress management team member. A year ago Saturday was his one-year anniversary of being promoted sergeant.

The voice on the dispatch is Celina Thompson, based out of Clark County. She’s been on that job for nearly 15 years and has worked to train Trooper Cadets and Communications Officers. She says she was lucky enough to be part o the Critical Incident Stress Management Team and was just voted to the Washington State Memorial Foundation Board of Directors. She’s also Sgt. Thompson’s wife. She, too, is being terminated over the vaccine mandate.

Both will appear on the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH today for an exclusive interview.

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Rantz: Trooper tells Gov. Inslee to ‘kiss my…’ in final sign-off before vaccine mandate