Gov. Jay Inslee joined Chief John Batiste on Thursday to honor Washington State Patrol employees who have lost their lives in the line of duty, according to a press release from the Washington State Patrol.
The ceremony took place at the WSP academy, in Shelton. It's an annual ceremony that recognizes the lives of the 28 individuals who have died since the creation of WSP, in 1921.
"We stand here today in remembrance of our fallen," Chief Batiste said in the announcement. "Their sacrifice cannot and will not be forgotten. Every new trooper cadet class learns the story of these 28 as a reminder of the dedication they must possess in order to be a member of our proud organization."
The ceremony featured a 21-gun salute and the name of each fallen officer called out as the flag was lowered to half staff, followed by the ring of a bell for each officer.
The names and brief biographies of the 28 fallen officers can be found on the State Patrol's website.