Trooper Justin Schaffer
Trooper Schaffer passed away today, March 24, 2020, at the age of 28 after serving 7 years with the State Patrol. He was fatally struck by a vehicle while placing spike strips down on Interstate 5 in Chehalis. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, his mother and father Sheila and Glenn and his brother Brandon, and his K9 partner Frankie. Our hearts go out to this grieving family and we recognize the unique sacrifice they have offered to our state as Justin’s father, Glenn is currently the Chief of Police in the City of Chehalis.
Trooper Schaffer was born on January 30, 1992, in Glenwood Springs, CO. He graduated from Adna High School in Adna, Washington. Justin received a degree in Criminal Justice from Centralia College.
He began working for the Washington State Patrol on November 12, 2013, as a Trooper Cadet assigned to the Property Management Division.
On January 13, 2014, Trooper Schaffer started his training with the 27th Arming Class. On February 14, 2014, he continued his training with the 103rd Trooper Basic Training Class and was commissioned on September 16, 2014, assigned to Morton. On September 1, 2016, he was assigned as a certified Drug Recognition Expert. On November 10, 2018, he completed K9 training and was a certified K9 handler to his partner “Frankie.” On December 13, 2018, Trooper Schaffer transferred to Chehalis.
Trooper Schaffer and K9 Frankie with Chief Batiste