Trooper Thomas L. Hendrickson

Trooper Thomas L. Hendrickson

Washington State Patrol, Washington

End of Watch Sunday, November 17, 1974

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Thomas L. Hendrickson

Trooper Thomas Hendrickson was struck and killed by a vehicle while making a traffic stop on SR 20 near Burlington, Washington.

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

The 19-year-old subject was convicted of negligent homicide and hit and run.

Trooper Hendrickson had served with the Washington State Patrol for four years and was assigned to the Mount Vernon WSP detachment. He is survived by his wife, two children, and parents.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 826

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Apprehended

traffic stop

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Trooper Tom, years ago I was in Washington DC and was fortunate enough to visit the LE Memorial. I had remembered my dad (Mike WSP833) telling me about you. My dad said you and he were roommates in the academy. He never forgot about that tragic day you were lost. I brought my dad an etching of your name from the wall. My dad, who was not one to show a lot of emotion, was visibly choked up seeing your name. My dad has since passed, but I know he never forgot about you. Even though we never met, I have not forgotten the memories my dad shared about you. It was because of people like you and my father that I chose a career of service. Thank you Sir

Commander Cary Murphy
Federal Way Police Department

February 24, 2022

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