Trooper Tony Radulescu
Tony V. Radulescu was born in Bucharest, Romania on August 7, 1967. The Radulescu family immigrated to the United States on December 7, 1981, when Tony was just 14 years-old. He became a U.S. citizen and graduated from Harrison High School in Trenton, New Jersey in June 1986.
Tony enlisted in the United States Army the summer of 1986, serving in the First Gulf War. Tony remained active duty through 1994, and subsequently joined the Army Reserves, retiring in 2008 as a Sergeant First Class. During his service of more than two decades, Tony was awarded the Army Service Ribbon, Army Lapel Button, Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Achievement Medal and Army Commendation Medal.
Tony began his career with the Washington State Patrol on December 11, 1995, where he became a member of the 79th Trooper Basic Training Class. He was proudly commissioned as a Washington State Trooper in July 1996, assigned to Kitsap County where he spent his entire 16 year career assigned to detachments in Poulsbo and Bremerton.
“Trooper Tony’s” magnetic personality made him well known among the community he served. Trooper Radulescu often assisted at local schools and was part of the Aggressive Driving Apprehension Team (ADAT). He was beloved by those who worked alongside him for his unique outlook on life and unparalleled character.
Trooper Radulescu died on February 23, 2012, from gunshot wounds sustained while conducting a traffic stop on State Route 16, milepost 28, in Kitsap County. At the time of his death, Trooper Radulescu was 44 years old and had served 16 years with the Washington State Patrol.
Trooper Radulescu's son, Erick, lives in Tacoma and enjoys hiking with his dog Hammie. Trooper Radulescu's mother, Maria, lives in Trenton, New Jersey, with his sister, Dianna. His brother, Mario, lives in Buckeye, Arizona, and his other brother, George Nicholson, lives in Phoenix, Arizona. His father, Leslie, passed away in September 2020.
When you visit the WSP District 8 office in Bremerton, take a moment to stop by the beautiful memorial that was created to remember and honor Trooper Tony Radulescu.
In 2016, a ceremony dedicating a portion of State Route 16 from milepost 18-28 to honor Trooper Tony Radulescu, was held at the DOT Mullenix Facility in Port Orchard, WA.
Please take a moment to remember Trooper Tony Radulescu and his family.