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Memorial for 1st Wa State Trooper killed on duty.

WSP trooper honored in local ceremony

Lou Marzeles Editor and Publisher

Sixty-eight years after his death in the line of duty, a Washington State Patrol (WSP) trooper was honored in a ceremony Monday afternoon. Police officers from across Washington, along with public officials and an appreciative crowd from the general public, attended Monday’s ceremony honoring WSP trooper John H. Gulden, held at the Goldendale Detachment Office of the WSP. Gulden was the first WSP trooper killed in action. “Trooper Gulden’s sacrifice will never be forgotten,” said WSP Chief John Batiste in his remarks. “He gave his life in service to the public.” Gulden’s life and WSP career was described in the ceremony, including the circumstances of his death. Gulden joined the WSP on April 3, 1929, graduating in the third WSP trooper cadet class. On Dec. 22, 1942, at 4 a.m., Gulden conducted a traffic stop of a pickup being driven without headlights on the Maryhill Loop Road just outside Goldendale. In the truck were two armed teenagers, prime suspects in a string of robberies and car thefts. As he approached the pickup, one of the teens shot Gulden once in the chest. Gulden was able to transport himself to the hospital in Goldendale, but 26 hours after he was shot, he died from his wound. He was 43 years old. A 20-hour manhunt for his killers ensued, and both suspects were arrested and convicted of the murder. During Monday’s ceremony, the WSP Honor Guard displayed colors and performed precision rifle exercises. A bagpipe played “Amazing Grace,” and Mary Jo O’Leary sang the national anthem. Near the end of the ceremony, a memorial stone honoring Gulden was unveiled. Present at the event were Schuyler Hoss, Governor Gregoire’s Liaison for Southwest Washington; Senator Jim Honeyford, 15th District – Sunnyside; State Representative Bruce Chandler, 15th District – Granger; Klickitat County Sheriff Rick McComas; representatives from the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office; and Chief Rick Johnson of the Goldendale Police Department.

Memorial for 1st Wa State Trooper killed on duty.

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