Trooper O’Connell among those given medal for service

OLYMPIA — The state’s highest law enforcement honor was awarded Friday to 10 officers, including a trooper who was killed when his motorcycle collided with a truck as he was detouring traffic about a week after a section of the Skagit River bridge collapsed in the river last year.

Trooper Sean M. O’Connell Jr. was among six who were awarded the medal for posthumous service. O’Connell’s medal was accepted by his wife and one of his children at a ceremony at the Washington state Law Enforcement Memorial on the Capitol campus.

Five other officers who died on duty between the years of 1919 and 1976 also received posthumous medals. One trooper posthumously received a medal for serious injury, and three officers received the medal for meritorious conduct.

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