Gov. Chris Gregoire today issued the following statement on the loss of Trooper Tony Radulescu, who was killed in the line of duty this morning during a traffic stop in Kitsap County:
"My heart is heavy this morning as we mourn the loss of Trooper Tony Radulescu. Trooper Radulescu was a humble public servant who spent his entire career, including 16 years with the Washington State Patrol, risking his life to defend ours. Washington state lost a true hero this morning. Mike and I extend our thoughts and prayers to Trooper Radulescu's family, his friends, and of course his colleagues with the WSP. There is nothing more difficult than losing someone who puts their life on the line to protect the lives of others.
"Today's tragedy is yet more proof that there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop. Our law enforcement officers selflessly serve our communities to ensure our safety and for that, we should all be eternally grateful."