Trooper Suzanne "Renee" Padgett

Trooper Suzanne "Renee" Padgett

Washington State Patrol, Washington

End of Watch Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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Suzanne "Renee" Padgett

Trooper Renee Padgett died as the result of developing a rare form of blood cancer following her exposure to toxic chemicals during an investigation.

She was assisting with a large-scale environmental crimes investigation along with members of the United States Environment Protection Agency at the Japanese Auto Wrecking located at 7777 S 262nd Street in Kent, Washington. Employees at the site had dumped thousands of gallons of petroleum products and other toxic substances directly in the ground over a period of several years.

Trooper Padgett was exposed to the substances during the prolonged investigation after she and EPA investigators first visited the site on February 27th, 2003.

She passed away on September 4th, 2018.

Trooper Padgett is survived by her wife, son, daughter, mother, and two sisters.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 27, 2003

environmental crime

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Trooper Padgett,
On today, the 5th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Washington. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 4, 2023

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