Patrolman William Pautzke

Patrolman William Pautzke died on May 8, 1930, at the age of 28, from injuries sustained after his motorcycle collided with a gravel truck in King County.  At the time of his death, Patrolman Pautzke had served four years with the Washington State Patrol.

William Pautzke's sister Lucretia had two granddaughters, Susan and Donna.  Susan Blaker is retired from the Liquor Control Board.  Her sister Donna, lives in California.  The owner of the Pautzke Bait Company is the cousin to Susan and Donna.

In May of 1998, Patrolman Pautzke was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on May 8, 1930, by the Law Enforcement – Medal of Honor Committee.

On 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 Patrolman William Pautzke and his family.

Washington State Highway Patrol

Patrolman William Pautzke
End of Watch – May 8, 1930
Gone But Never Forgotten

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