A 22 year Washington State Trooper gave his last sign-off as a force member on Saturday with a special message for Democratic Washington Governor Jay Inslee. The veteran officer was forced out of his job due to the state’s COVID vaccine mandate.
Trooper Robert LaMay said that he had been asked to leave the force “because I am dirty,” referring to his unvaccinated status. He praised Yakima County residents and his fellow police for keeping him safe and getting him “home to my family every night.”
He concluded by saying, “this is the last time you’ll hear me in a state patrol car” before adding, “Jay Inslee can kiss my ass.”
The dispatcher from the other end of the phone thanked the trooper for his many years of service. She enumerated many of his achievements and sacrifices for the department and its inhabitants.
Conservative Seattle radio presenter Jason Rantz tweeted the video to his 77,000 followers, and it rapidly went viral, garnering over 730,000 views in less than 24 hours.
“This is the last time you’ll hear me in a patrol car and Jay Inslee can kiss my ass.”
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) October 17, 2021
LaMay’s last day on duty came just before Monday’s requirement by the Washington state government that more than 800,000 persons in the state either prove they are fully vaccinated or have been provided an exemption to keep their jobs.
The Washington mandate applies to almost all state workers, health care workers, and K-12 and college teachers and staff. The only exemptions provided for the mandate are for medical or religious reasons. Exemptions can provide continued employment only if a reasonable working accommodation can be made for the affected worker.
Opponents of Washington’s mandate have said that the rules infringe on their liberty. Supporters say that mandatory vaccinations are needed to combat the ongoing COVID pandemic.
Fox News reports that about 90 percent of the affected state workforce in Washington has been fully vaccinated.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) wrote “God bless this trooper” on Twitter while quoting the video of LaMay, adding the hashtag #LetsGoBrandon.