You're out on the highway, driving along when you see the flashing lights in the rearview mirror. It's a Washington State Patrol car (WSP) and it's coming up fast.  You check your speedometer, glance around the car, and then wonder where he/she is headed?   The car roars past and disappears into the distance.  You drive on and several miles down the road you come upon the scene of a serious accident and in the middle of the devastation is that trooper, helping to save the lives of the victims.

It's not a job I would ever want but thank God we have good people who do! The Washington State Patrol's mission in their own words:

THE MISSION OF THE WASHINGTON STATE PATROL

Mission

The Washington State Patrol makes a difference every day, enhancing the safety and security of all people and communities by providing the best in public safety services.

Vision

To be the best public safety agency in the United States.

Motto

Service With Humility

THE HIGH COST OF POLITICAL ARROGANCE

The WSP also lists its values on the same page on the website and you have to wonder how many, if any, of the agency's values were taken into consideration as Democrat Governor Jay Inslee pulled the trigger on vaccine mandates which resulted in early retirements and 127 employees being fired including 67 troopers, six sergeants, one captain, and 53 civilians, according to a report by King 5 News in Seattle?

WSP VALUES GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE PUBLIC BUT NOT FOR THE WSP?

For the record, the values say "Every employee is a critical member of a team" -Really? it doesn't sound like that to me when you can fire 5% of the "team" without any accommodations.

Also valued -" earning trust and confidence through Strong leadership"  How much TRUST do you think exists in a leader that will arbitrarily make rules about vaccines and offer zero accommodations or options for trained and experienced employees?  "My way or you're off the Highway" isn't the kind of leadership that builds trust or confidence.

On the list of values - "Acting with integrity and accountability" "where is there any accountability for a leader with virtually unlimited "emergency powers"?

I'll close with this one - "Respecting and protecting individual rights"  The State wants its troopers to respect and protect the individual rights of the people of Washington State. Fair enough, great idea in fact. But does the Governor offer the same level of respect to the troopers? No,  Does the Governor protect the individual rights of the troopers?  Clearly, he does not!  It's my way or you're off the highway!

SO LONG TROOPER  LAMAY...AND THANKS

SO, off the highway, they go. Combined they represent hundreds of years of experience and service to the people of Washington -- LOST.  What a travesty, what a waste.

Trooper Robert LaMay of Yakima had more than 2 decades under his wheels when he was fired. The story of him signing off for the last time went worldwide and was covered by the major us media, foreign press, and even his area's news radio station. Here it is including a special message for the Governor.

EVERYBODY WANTS TO HEAR THIS MAN'S STORY

Here's our interview with a man who is just the kind of dedicated public servant we need out on the road....now parked on the side of the road for keeps.

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