The Washington State Patrol is full of people who come from different backgrounds with their own individual stories that make them unique.
Last month, the agency got to celebrate Detective Shannon Beeler’s story.
During her college career, Detective Beeler was a major softball star. And when we say “major,” we mean it. By the time she graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1999, Detective Beeler was not only the most accomplished power hitter in the history of the Gopher program; she was also the greatest power hitter in conference history. At the time, she owned the Big Ten’s career records for home runs (43) and RBIs (239). She also set what were then, the program’s season records for home runs (14) and RBIs (74) in 1998, which earned her the title of First Team All-American. Detective Beeler wrapped up her career by receiving the Big Ten Medal of Honor. Did we mention she was a Junior Olympic Gold Medalist who went on to play two seasons of professional fast pitch softball after graduating?
When she found out she would be inducted into the University of Minnesota Hall of Fame, her fellow Washington State Patrol detectives couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join and support her in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Detective Jason Noahr, who went with Detective Beeler, says, “During her induction ceremony, she didn’t talk about herself. She spoke about how hard her teammates worked and how none of her accomplishments would have been made without them. While this may be true, her hard work made her a standout…”
“Her name is now engraved in the U of M’s hall of fame with Seattle Mariner Dan Wilson and NFL Super Bowl champion coach Tony Dungy…We are all extremely proud of her,” Noahr adds.