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Trooper Thomas L. Hendrickson | Washington State Patrol, Washington Washington State Patrol, Washington


Thomas L. Hendrickson

Washington State Patrol, Washington

End of Watch: Sunday, November 17, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 826

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Apprehended

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Trooper Thomas Hendrickson was intentionally struck and killed by a vehicle while making a traffic stop on SR 20 near Burlington, Washington. A car coming from the opposite direction intentionally crossed the roadway, struck Trooper Hendrickson, and then fled the scene. As other officers investigated the accident they located a piece of a purple debris on the roadway. A car of the same color as the debris with body damage then drove by and one of the officers attempted to stop it. After a short pursuit the suspect was apprehended.

Trooper Hendrickson had served with the Washington State Patrol for 4 years.

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Tom was two years older than me. I loved hanging out with him. He was the toughest and best at everything we did, but he was always gentle and fair. He didn't allow the neighborhood bully to abuse us little guys. He was by far the best of everything in our neighborhood. I heard he died from getting hit by a car while being a cop out west somewhere. Today is the first that I knew he was hit on purpose. Tom was a terriffic guy. What a waste. Thanks to the Lord Jesus for eternal life.

Gary L Hartley
March 29, 2010


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