• Trooper killed in crash honored at memorial

    By: Jeff Dubois


    EVERETT, Wash. - Hundreds of law enforcement officers and emergency personnel attended the memorial of Washington State Patrol Trooper Sean O'Connell, who was killed last week in a crash.

    More than 500 law enforcement vehicles from around the country and Canada temporarily shut down parts of Interstate during the  procession from Smokey Point south to Comcast Arena in Everett.

     Onramps and exits were closed during the procession.

    See photos of the procession here  and raw video of the procession here.

    PHOTOS: Scenes from trooper's memorial

    VIDEO: Photo montage of Trooper O’Connell’s life

    O'Connell died nearly a week ago after his motorcycle collided with a box truck.  He'd been helping cars get around the collapsed Skagit River Bridge.

    The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

    O'Connell's brother told KIRO 7 the State Patrol veteran was a longtime motorcycle rider, a dedicated employee, and a devoted husband and father or two young children.

    "We plan to honor Sean's memory by trying to be more like him,” said Fran O’Connell.  “We'll answer calling, love our friends and family, and find humor in the everyday events of life."

    Fran O'Connell also told reporters his brother had multiple sclerosis, but that it didn't prevent him from performing his duties as a trooper.

    RAW VIDEO: Firefighters raise flag for trooper's procession

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