In Snohomish County, 11 sworn officers have been lost since 1902

  • Tue Feb 28th, 2012 1:51pm
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By Scott North

Flags were to be at half-staff Thursday to honor Washington State Patrol trooper Tony Radulescu, who was fatally shot Feb. 23 during a Kitsap County traffic stop.

Here are the names and brief details about the 10 men and one woman honored by the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation for similar sacrifices in Snohomish County:

July 5, 1902 — Everett police detective Charles Raymond was fatally shot in an ambush near Bothell. He was helping the sheriff’s office hunt Harry Tracy, an escaped convict from Oregon. Tracy reportedly killed a half-dozen lawmen before being brought down west of Spokane. Raymond was described in a local news account as “one of the most efficient officers of the Everett force.”

Nov. 5, 1916 — Jefferson Beard and Charles O. Curtiss fell in the gun battle known as the Everett Massacre. Both men had been deputized by then-Sheriff Donald McRae to repel a boatload of protesters from Seattle, members of the Industrial Workers of the World. Beard had a law enforcement background; it’s less clear for Curtiss (whose name is spelled differently in some accounts). Like much about that day, it’s complicated.

Nov. 23, 1920 — Everett police detective Jack Fox was fatally shot at 34th Street and Colby Avenue while trying to arrest an armed robber.

March 2, 1927 — Percy Z. Brewster, Sultan’s town marshal, was mortally wounded while placing an inmate in the town jail. The gunman, Edward Sickles, was convicted and sentenced to hang, but he escaped from the county jail. A posse tracked him to a shack near Granite Falls. He died from multiple gunshots.

Dec. 29, 1960 — State trooper Wesley H. Whittenberg was fatally struck by a car while directing traffic around a crash along Highway 99 at the Stillaguamish River.

Feb. 5, 1966 — Marysville police officer William D. Arndt was fatally shot by a troubled 17-year-old boy who had talked about ending his own life.

Aug. 15, 1994 — Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Kinard was ambushed by an ex-con, who minutes earlier had killed a blind man. Charles Finch was sentenced to die but won a new sentencing trial on appeal. He died paralyzed from a fatal jump at the county jail.

July 15, 1999 — Everett police officer Brian DiBucci fell from the U.S. 2 trestle while assisting in a felony traffic stop. DiBucci is remembered in an annual award for the department’s newest officers.

Sept. 12, 2006 — Brier officer Edwanton “Eddie” Thomas succumbed to a heart attack while struggling with a man who was in the throes of a diabetic reaction. Thousands lined the streets in south county to witness Thomas’ motorcade.

Jan. 29, 2011 — Corrections officer Jayme Biendl was strangled at her post in the chapel of the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the inmate who allegedly confessed to the attack.