Mason County Sheriff’s Deputy Rachael B. Stuhlmiller died Tuesday afternoon in a motorcycle accident on State Route 101.
Stuhlmiller, who worked in the Mason County Jail, was driving to work when her motorcycle collided with a semi-truck at about 3:30 p.m, according to the Washington State Patrol. She died at the scene.
Mason County Detective William Adam said the 25-year-old Olympia native was full of life, and the kind of law enforcement officer every agency hopes to hire. She was sworn in as a deputy May 1 and previously served in the Army.
“She was just so excited to start her new job,” Adam said. “The type of young person that agencies all over the United States would look for — high integrity, strong morals and very respectful. And we were lucky enough to have her working for us.”
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Stuhlmiller had hoped to one day become a detective in the department, Adam said.
In a press release, Sheriff Casey Salisbury said the department is grieving over the loss. The Sheriff’s Office will defer to the wishes of Stuhlmiller’s family with regards to a memorial service.
The collision is being investigated by the Washington State Patrol.