Community honors Washington State soldier who died of COVID
A memorial service on Monday honored a Washington State Patrol soldier who died of COVID-19, which the agency said he contracted while on duty.
Detective Eric Gunderson, 38, died last month. He is survived by his wife Kameron and his two children aged 13 and 10.
Gunderson was the Technology Liaison Officer in the Patrol’s Criminal Investigation Division and a member of the Patrol’s SWAT team. He has frequently traveled across the country to talk about state patrol use of drones.
Gunderson contracted the virus while providing training to other officers at an International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Orlando, Fla., According to State Patrol, KGW reported.
A State Patrol spokesperson said late last month that Gunderson’s family chose not to publicly disclose his vaccination status, KING-TV reported.
Gunderson helped investigate the 2017 Amtrak derailment at DuPont and his work also helped reopen roads faster after crashes.
The memorial service was held Monday at the Church for All Nations in Tacoma.