Trooper Sean O'Connell Jr.
Trooper Sean O'Connell, Jr., died on May 31, 2013, at the age of 38. He was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a box truck in Skagit County. At the time of his death, Trooper O'Connell had served almost 15 years with the Washington State Patrol.
Trooper O'Connell's wife, Alissa, lives in Snohomish with their two children, Kian (age 14) and Miley (age 12). His father, Sean O'Connell, Sr., and step-mom, Rita, split their time between their homes in New York and Florida. Sean's mother, Diane Tufaro and her spouse, Carole, live in Florida. Sean's brother Francis and his family live in Arlington, Virginia. Sean has two younger sisters – Julia, who attends Stony Brook University in New York and Lauren, who attends Siena College in Loudonville, New York. Their mother, Loretta O'Hara, who was also Sean's mom as he was growing up, lives in Pawling, New York. Sean's grandmother, Virginia Kollman, lives in Massapequa, New York and will turn 94 in September.
On December 6, 2013, the new Skagit River Bridge was named in honor of fallen Trooper Sean M. O'Connell, Jr.
On May 30, 2014, a dedication ceremony of the memorial to honor and remember Trooper Sean M. O'Connell, Jr., was held at the Marysville District Office. When you visit the Marysville District Office, take a moment to stop by the beautiful memorial that was created in remembrance of Trooper O'Connell.
In May of 2014, Trooper O'Connell was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for his actions on May 31, 2013, by the Law Enforcement – Medal of Honor Committee.
Please take a moment to remember Trooper Sean O'Connell, Jr., and his family.