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Golf Tournament Raises Money For The Washington Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation

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WENATCHEE, Wash. - The memory of fallen Washington State Trooper Jim Saunders was remembered Friday.

Governor Chris Gregoire joined about 300 troopers after a golf tournament that was held in Wenatchee.

It was organized to raise money for the Washington Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation which provides help to the families of law enforcement that are killed or in need of help.

31-year-old Saunders was killed almost nine years ago in the line of duty and his wife was pregnant with their son. 

Troopers said the foundation helped the Saunders family when Jim was killed.  

Saunders said, "There's never a great time to lose your life.  But you couldn't have painted it any worse. And they (the foundation) were able to come in and not fix things, but they made it a little easier and that is what this golf tournament was for to raise money for that."

Friday the Governor said she wanted to honor the life of Jim Saunders and praised the work of current officers.

Saunders was shot to death during a traffic stop in Pasco.

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