Patrolman Gene Bolstad
Patrolman Gene Bolstad died on September 3, 1957, at the age of 29 attempting to rescue a teenage boy (Alvin Wiese, age 18) in the surf at Long Beach. Both were caught in an undertow. At the time of his death, Patrolman Bolstad had served 2-1/2 years with the Washington State Patrol.
Patrolman Bolstad was married to Barbara for six years and they did not have any children. One of the main streets in Long Beach was renamed Bolstad Avenue in honor of Patrolman Bolstad in 1958.
Barbara met her second husband, Paul Diamond, on a blind date and learned that he had been on the swim team with Gene Bolstad. They were married for more than 40 years, until his death in 2012.
Natalie St. John, of the Chinook Observer, interviewed Barbara Diamond in 2015. A fascinating story resulting from the interview was published – please take a few minutes to read this story. https://www.chinookobserver.com/life/local-hero-nice-young-officer-lost-his-life-on-our-beach/article_c600bd46-7db4-596d-b2cf-ff53cb019aeb.html
In May of 1999, Patrolman Bolstad was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for his actions on September 3, 1957, by the Law Enforcement – Medal of Honor Committee.
Please take a moment to remember Patrolman Gene Bolstad and his family.