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Washington State soldier dies in Iraq in non-combat incident

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David A. Bauders, a Washington State Patrol (WSP) trooper David A. Bauders, a Washington State Patrol (WSP) trooper

SEATTLE (AP) - The Department of Defense says a soldier from Seattle has died in Iraq in a non-combat related incident. The Army says 1st Lt. David A. Bauders died Friday on Al Asad Air Base

The 25-year-old's civilian job was as a trooper with the Washington State Patrol.  He was sworn in as a trooper in March 2014 and patrolled North Seattle and King County.

“Although early into his career with us, David was a very well-liked and highly respected member of the agency,” said WSP Chief John Batiste.  “Please keep David’s family, co-workers, and friends, along with our nation’s military personnel deployed overseas in your thoughts and prayers.”
        
Bauders was assigned to the Washington State National Guard's 176th Engineer Company of Snohomish, Wash.
    
Capt. Joseph Siemandel of the Washington National Guard says the 176th Engineer Company constructed buildings and other structures. They had been deployed in Kuwait and Iraq since April.

"The loss of this young life is one I know all 7 million Washingtonians join me in mourning." said Governor Jay Inslee.


    
Siemandel says the cause of Bauders' death is still being investigated. 


He was single and did not have any children.

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