A Washington State Patrol officer who defied a statewide vaccine mandate and signed off for the last time by telling Democratic Government Jay Inslee to “kis my a-” passed away from COVID-19.
Former Trooper Robert LaMay, 51, who served with the State Patrol for 22 years and retired last October, died on Friday.
LaMay drew attention from Americans across the country after he signed as an officer for the last time and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee had said he can “kiss my a-” over forced vaccine mandates.
After LaMay’s death, Washington State Patrol chief John R. Batiste released a statement praising him for his service, which Batiste says will “long be remembered and appreciated.”
“I am deeply saddened by the news that our former friend and colleague Trooper Robert LaMay has passed away,” Batiste said. “The prayers and memorials of this agency are with his family and loved ones. Rob has served with honors for over two decades and we were disappointed when we left him last October. His service to this state and agency will be long remembered and appreciated.”
“Let us now remember our old friend, support his family and loved ones, thank him for his service and be determined to face the challenges ahead with continued duty, dignity and respect,” added Batiste.
In his last signing last October, LaMay said he spent the past 22 years of his service to the state working sick and burying many friends.