Patrolman Ernest Eichhorn

Patrolman Ernest Eichhorn died on September 16, 1958, at the age of 33.  Patrolman Eichhorn was in front of the Puyallup Fairgrounds directing traffic after the fair had closed for the day.  He was struck by a drunk driver and died from his injuries three days later.  At the time of his death, Patrolman Eichhorn had served twelve years with the Washington State Highway Patrol as a Patrolman.

Patrolman Eichhorn’s wife, Marion, passed away in October 2009.  Their three daughters, Julie, Jann and Jill live in the Puget Sound area.  Patrolman Eichhorn’s sister, Carolyn Baker, lives in Puyallup.

In May of 1998, Patrolman Eichhorn was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for his actions on September 16, 1958, by the Law Enforcement – Medal of Honor Committee.

On Sunday, September 16, 2018, a memorial ceremony was held at the Washington State Patrol booth at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup for the 60th anniversary of Patrolman Eichhorn’s passing.

Please take a moment to remember Patrolman Ernest Eichhorn and his family.

Washington State Highway Patrol

Patrolman Ernest Eichhorn 
End of Watch – September 16, 1958 
Gone But Never Forgotten