KENNEWICK, Wash. - A Washington State Patrol Trooper's young son lost his battle with an aggressive form of cancer. On Monday night, Tyler Luedtke was honored by his family in blue during his memorial leading up to his funeral.
"It's really a tender story," said Washington State Patrol Sgt. Zach Elmore.
It's a tender story about a boy's fragile life that is being honored as a warrior and chief.
"What I remember with Tyler is that everything was happy especially his smile," recalled Trooper Christian Wilson.
Wilson is a trooper in Pullalup who met Tyler Luedtke last May. Tyler was a four-year-old facing a life-threatening illness when he was pronounced "chief for a day".
"I could see the smile on his face while we were saluting him," said Wilson.
But through the fall, the cancer that took over his little body was too much.
"I just hope he (Brian Luedtke) understands that there's not going to be any more suffering," said Wilson.
"He's one of our own so we lost a boy and he was our chief," said Elmore.
To honor their chief, a trooper will stand by Tyler's side until he's laid to rest.
Officers from across the state will honor Tyler with the same respect as those who passed before him during his funeral Tuesday.