Mile marker 28. That’s the spot, on Highway 16 near Gorst, where Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu was shot and killed on February 23, 2012.
Radulescu’s public memorial is located at the Washington State Patrol’s Bremerton headquarters. But there’s obvious significance, particularly in the law enforcement community, to the location where the 44-year-old lost his life. So perhaps it’s no surprise that, each anniversary of his death, officers have gathered at the site.
This year, in the same early morning hours of Feb. 23 that Radulescu called out a traffic stop that would be his last, troopers in his Washington State Patrol detachment gathered there. So did Bremerton and Port Orchard Police officers. And Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies.
Rob Corn, a deputy who did what he could to try and save Radulescu on that sad day, said journeying to the site has become a tradition.
“It’s an annual thing, as long as we aren’t on calls, to go down there,” Corn said.
Those cops that were able to cut away took this photo to mark the occasion.