“The Washington State Patrol Memorial Foundation (WSPMF), which was created in 1982, pays tribute to the memory of those officers who gave their lives while serving the citizens of the state of Washington. To honor our fallen officers, a summary of their service and a brief family update is published on the anniversary of each officer’s death.
Trooper Glenda Thomas died on May 24, 1985, at the age of 29. She was killed while investigating a multi-vehicle collision on the north Seattle freeway. Trooper Thomas was standing between two vehicles at the collision scene when another car rear ended one of the vehicles involved in the earlier collision, pinning her between two automobiles. At the time of her death, Trooper Thomas had served only 6 months with the Washington State Patrol as a trooper.
Trooper Thomas’ children, Jessica and Jason, live in the Tri-Cities area. Jason will be celebrating his birthday on May 24th with his wife, Tammy, and their two sons, Cody (age 12) and Cason (age 5). Jason is a shop manager with Irrigation Specialists in Pasco. Jessica and her husband, Tony, have six children and live in Kennewick. Glenda’s mom, Ruth Votendahl, who raised Jessica and Jason, passed away in 2014 at the age of 88.
On Friday, May 20, 2016, a dedication ceremony of the memorial to honor and remember King County Troopers was held at the Bellevue District Office. When you visit the Bellevue District Office, take a moment to stop by the beautiful memorial that was created in remembrance of King County Troopers.
Please take a moment to remember Trooper Glenda Thomas and her family.
Click on this link http://www.wsp.wa.gov/about/fallen.htm to view a web page dedicated to all of the Washington State Patrol’s fallen officers.”
– Tim Coley, President of the Washington State Patrol Memorial Foundation