It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Trooper David A. Bauders.

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David A. Bauders, a Washington State Patrol (WSP) trooper, died in a non-combat incident while serving with the Washington State National Guard 176th Engineer Company in Iraq.  David deployed with the Army National Guard for a one year deployment in February 2016, as a 1st Lieutenant.‎

Trooper Bauders began his career with the WSP on June 10, 2013 as a Trooper Cadet in the Property and Management Division.  He graduated from the 102nd WSP Basic Training Academy Class and was commissioned on March 16, 2014.  He was immediately assigned to the North Seattle Freeway detachment in 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.”

Trooper Bauders was born in Watertown, NY and graduated from high school in Forest Grove, OR.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology from the University of Portland.

For more information regarding 1st Lt. Bauders, media may contact the Washington National Guard Public Affairs Office at 253-512-8989.