Procession escorts WSP trooper's hearse to service

By Manuel Valdes

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, March 1 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Well wishers with flags and first responders line the Ainsworth overpass on Hwy 512 during the procession for slain Washington State trooper Anthony Tony Radulescu, 44, Thursday, March 1, 2012 in Parkland, Wash. Radulescu was shot and killed last week during a traffic stop in Gorst, Wash.

The News Tribune, Dean J. Koepfler, Associated Press

KENT, Wash. — A procession of about 700 law enforcement and emergency vehicles with lights flashing escorted the hearse carrying the body of slain Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu (rad-ihl-EHS'-kyoo) to a memorial service Thursday in Kent.

Other drivers pulled over and people watched respectfully from overpasses and roadsides as the procession made its way from Silverdale, through Port Orchard, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. It joined a family procession from a Lakewood funeral home on the way to the 1 p.m. service at the ShoWare Center.

The procession passed under an American flag hanging from an arch made by fire truck ladders.

Radulescu, a 16-year veteran, was shot Feb. 23 near Gorst by a driver who later took his own life. Six people have been charged with rendering criminal assistance.

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