Jayme Biendl among officers receiving top state honor

OLYMPIA — Nine officers have earned Washington state’s highest law enforcement award.

Gov. Chris Gregoire and Attorney General Rob McKenna led a ceremony Friday to commend the officers, including Department of Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl and Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu, who were both killed while on duty.

Biendl was killed by an inmate at the Washington State Reformatory Unit at the Monroe Correctional Complex in January 2011 and Radulescu was shot and killed by the driver of a suspect vehicle during a traffic stop in February in Kitsap County.

Two deputies received the medal of honor for serious injury. Deputies Andrew Ejde and John Stacy of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office were injured while pursuing an armed suspect at a Walmart store in January 2011, and continued their pursuit even after they were fired upon.

Five received the medal of honor for meritorious conduct: Deputy Krista McDonald of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, and Cpl. Christian Munoz and Officers Laura Asbell, Brian Horn and Jesse Petersen of the Issaquah Police Department. McDonald joined Ejde and Stacy at the Walmart incident and wounded the suspect.

Munoz, Asbell, Horn and Petersen responded to a report of a man with a gun near an elementary school in September 2011, and engaged in gunfire with him for several minutes until he was shot and later died.

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