Kitsap County will usher in the first day of March this Thursday with a procession to honor fallen Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu, starting at 7:30 a.m. at Kitsap Mall in Silverdale.
The procession will be led by Trooper Radulescu’s colleagues from the Bremerton State Patrol district office, followed by other law enforcement and emergency services personnel from Kitsap and neighboring counties. The route will move onto State Route 3 and then travel through the city of Port Orchard, where Radulescu worked and lived.
The first part of the route is expected to be as follows:
- Exit Kitsap Mall onto Southbound SR 3.
- Take SR 3 to the Gorst/SR 16 Interchange.
- Exit onto Bay Street (SR 166) just south of Gorst.
- Travel through the City of Port Orchard along Bay Street.
- Turn left on Port Orchard Boulevard.
- Turn right onto Tremont Street West and then head back onto SR 16.
The procession will continue on SR 16 eastbound to I-5 and south to SR 512. It will meet up with additional law enforcement personnel staged just off 112th Street on the Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) property.
The route for the family procession will leave Mountain View Funeral Home on Steilacoom Boulevard in Lakewood at approximately 10:30 a.m. It will rendezvous with those staged at JBLM on SR 512 and proceed to the ShoWare Center in Kent, arriving at approximately 11:15 a.m.
The final part of the procession route is currently planned as follows:
- Turn onto Steilacoom Boulevard from the Mountain View Funeral Home.
- Turg left on South Tacoma Way.
- Turn left on SR 512 East.
- Take SR 167 North.
- Exit onto SR 516 to West Willis Street.
- Turn left onto 4th Avenue South.
- Turn left onto West James Street.
- Arrive at front of ShoWare Center on West James Street.
The memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. at the ShoWare Center. The public is welcome to attend. There will be no procession following the service.
For safety reasons, the Washington State Patrol asks citizens not to stop on I-5, SR 512, or SR 167 during the procession.
Photos courtesy of Jennifer B. and Washington State Patrol.