WASHINGTON STATE PATROL TROOPERS ASSOCIATION
200 Union Ave SE, Suite 200 Olympia WA. 98501 360-704-7530 Fax 360-704-7527
It is with a heavy heart that I must write this email to all of you. This is something I hope I never have to write again.
Yesterday, Trooper Steve Houle #1168 was involved in snow bike incident in the French Cabin Creek area of Kittitas County. Trooper Houle was trapped by an avalanche and tragically did not survive. Trooper Houle’s entire detachment responded to the area and waited for their Brother to be recovered. Once freed from the avalanche, they draped an American flag over Trooper Houle. A procession took Trooper Houle to the funeral home where family and friends could pay their respects.
For those of you who did not know Steve, he was a great person and an excellent employee who was loved and respected by us all. We hold his memory and his family close to our hearts in this painful and sad time. Steve served for over 28 years with the Commercial Vehicle Division, all in Kittitas County.
I had the honor and privilege of knowing, working, and training with Steve. I cannot say enough positive things about Steve. He always had a smile on his face and a great sense of humor. Steve was an example of what Troopers strive for in service to the citizens of Washington.
Details of the incident will be handled by Kittitas County Sheriff's Office. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all who were involved in helping Steve, including the Kittitas County Sheriff's office and members of Kittitas County Search and Rescue.
Police 1 has also posted the lose of Steve on their website.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Laurie, the rest of the family, his friends, immediate coworkers and the rest of us as we all process the loss of a wonderful father, husband, friend and member of our WSP family.
Steve, you will be greatly missed.
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