Trooper Glenda Thomas
Trooper Glenda Thomas died on May 24, 1985, at the age of 29. She was killed while investigating a multi-vehicle collision on the north Seattle freeway. Trooper Thomas was standing between two vehicles at the collision scene when another car rear ended one of the vehicles involved in the earlier collision, pinning her between two automobiles. At the time of her death, Trooper Thomas had served only six months with the Washington State Patrol as a trooper.
Trooper Thomas' children, Jessica and Jason, live in the Tri-Cities area. Jason lives with his wife, Tammy and their two sons, Cody (age 16) and Cason (age 9). Jason is a shop manager with Irrigation Specialists in Pasco. Jessica is working in Pasco. One of her daughters is attending Western Washington University in Bellingham. Jessica and her five other children live in Kennewick. Glenda's parents, Ruth and Glenn, raised Jessica and Jason. Glenn passed away in 2008, and Ruth passed away in 2014.
In May of 1997, Trooper Thomas was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for her actions on May 24, 1985, by the Law Enforcement – Medal of Honor Committee.
On Friday, May 20, 2016, a dedication ceremony of the memorial to honor and remember King County Troopers was held at the Bellevue District Office. When you visit the Bellevue District Office, take a moment to stop by the beautiful memorial that was created in remembrance of King County Troopers.
Please take a moment to remember Trooper Glenda Thomas and her family.