Union Gap, Wash- Last year the Washington State Patrol suffered the greatest loss in the history of their agency. Friday the lives of three of their local officers were memorialized.
Three rose bushes and a plaque were planted outside WSP's Union Gap office and dedicated to the memories of troopers Gary Miller, and Kristopher Sperry, and Ann Hewitt-Miller. Though many state patrol officers and command staff were at the ceremony, it was a grass roots event. The memorial was donated by a local business, the Zillah lakes united builders.
Although troopers know that with their dangerous jobs there's always a possibility of losing a colleague, they still struggle with losing people they had worked with for years.
"I can remember talking to her when I first started as a young officer, a young trooper, she would help me, explain things to me, I've know her my entire career", says Lieutenant Terry Liebrecht.
Officer Hewitt-Miller, her husband Trooper Miller, and their houseguest Trooper Sperry died in a Zillah house fire on August 16.
Law enforcement from all over the Northwest, and the governor attended their first memorial.
The new memorial is on WSP property but the public is invited to come see it and pay their respects.