Lawmakers Pay Tribute to Fallen Deputy

Less than a month after a Kittitas County sheriff’s deputy was killed in the line of duty, the state House of Representatives once again paused Monday to pay tribute to a Cowlitz County deputy who was shot to death Saturday. Washington House Republicans’ John Sattgast reports from the state Capitol.

SATTGAST:  Monday’s floor session opened with a moment of silence.

MOMENT OF SILENCE : “It’s with a heavy heart that I ask us to remember the fallen officer from Cowlitz County, Deputy Justin DeRosier.”

SATTGAST:
Cowlitz County Deputy Sheriff Justin DeRosier was shot Saturday after being called by dispatch to check on a vehicle blocking a road near Kalama. He died a short time later at a Vancouver hospital.

A pall of indescribable sadness filled the House chambers as lawmakers learned the news. With tears in his eyes, Representative Ed Orcutt stood to ask for a point of personal privilege and then talked about DeRosier’s life.

ORCUTT: “The officer that was killed was 29 years old. He had a five-month-old daughter. The spouses of our law enforcement officers always worry. The children of law enforcement officers always worry that they won’t come home. And that’s the case with Justin. His wife Katy, his daughter, Lily – he didn’t come home. It sends a shockwave through our community.”

SATTGAST: Kalama State Representative Ed Orcutt. On Sunday night, law enforcement officers shot and killed a suspect believed to have been the man who killed Deputy DeRosier. Two other suspects were arrested.  John Sattgast, Olympia