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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Lord Jesus, as we watch our nation’s brave law enforcement officers succumb to the wicked and evil in this world, it becomes difficult for us to pick up and move forward. Our communities are on the brink of exploding with tension. In light of the law enforcement officers who are no longer with us, I pray for endurance for our communities and law enforcement agencies. Carry us through this time of strife, that through our struggles, our bonds may grow even more unbreakable. In Your mighty and holy name, I pray. Amen.

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” [Isaiah 6:8 ESV]

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” [Psalm 23:4 ESV]

Chaplain Steven Robert Closs, D.Div, NCCA, M.S.B.S.
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Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Services
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

March 10, 2022

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