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State trooper who told off Gov. Inslee dies after battle with COVID-19

Jan 28, 2022, 8:13 PM | Updated: Jan 31, 2022, 9:52 am
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Washington state Trooper Robert LaMay. (Screenshot)
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Washington State Trooper Robert LaMay, who famously quit over the COVID-19 vaccine mandates, has died after a battle with the virus, as reported by KIRO Newsradio.

LaMay’s video of his final sign-off telling Gov. Inslee to “kiss my —” made headlines.

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Trooper LaMay started his career with the Washington State Patrol in May 1999. He worked all over the state, including in Poulsbo, Bremerton, Union Gap, Ellensburg, and finally Yakima.

In total, LaMay served over 22 years before he retired in October 2021.

Chief John R. Batiste released a statement Friday evening:

“I am deeply saddened over the news that our former friend and colleague Trooper Robert LaMay has passed away. This agency’s prayers and remembrances are with his family and loved ones. Rob served honorably for over two decades and we were disappointed to see him leave the agency this past October. His service to this state and agency will be long remembered and appreciated.

Let us now remember our old friend, support his family and loved ones, give thanks for his service, and resolve to meet the challenges ahead with continuing duty, dignity and respect.”

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State trooper who told off Gov. Inslee dies after battle with COVID-19