Patrolman Ernest E. Eichhorn

Patrolman Ernest E. Eichhorn

Washington State Patrol, Washington

End of Watch Tuesday, September 16, 1958

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Ernest E. Eichhorn

Patrolman Eichhorn was struck and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic at the Western Washington Fair in Puyallup.

The driver had been drinking heavily for 5 hours prior to the accident and struck Patrolman Eichhorn as he stood in an intersection with a red traffic flashlight.

The suspect was arrested and convicted of manslaughter. The charges were dismissed against him after he appealed the verdict.

Patrolman Eichhorn had served with the agency for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 302

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 13, 1958
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charges dismissed

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Patrolman Eichhorn,
On today, the 50th 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 16, 2018

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