Washington State Patrol officer who resigned when he refused the state’s vaccine mandate and signed off for the final time by telling Gov. Jay Inslee to ‘kiss my a-‘ dies from COVID-19 age 51
- A veteran Washington State trooper who retired early last year after refusing to get the shot, while telling ‘Gov. Jay Inslee can kiss my a**,’ has died of COVID-19
- Robert LaMay, 51, who resigned in October after serving 22 years with the State Patrol, died from the virus on Friday
- LaMay had previously made a video after being let go from the department telling ‘Governor Jay Inslee can kiss my a**’
- Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste praised LaMay for his service, who Batiste said ‘will be long remembered and appreciated’
A Washington State trooper who had to retire early because he refused to get the vaccine despite the state mandate and signed off his final shift by telling Governor Jay Inslee to ‘kiss my a**’, has died of Covid.
Robert LaMay, 51, who resigned in October after serving 22 years with the State Patrol, died on Friday.
Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste released a statement praising LaMay for his service and said he ‘will be long remembered and appreciated.’
‘I am deeply saddened over the news that our former friend and colleague Trooper Robert LaMay has passed away,’ Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste said of LaMay’s passing.
‘This agency’s prayers and remembrances are with his family and loved ones. Rob served honorably for over two decades, and we were disappointed to see him leave the agency this past October.’
Pictured: former Trooper Robert LaMay, 51, who retired in October after serving 22 years with the State Patrol, died on Friday from COVID-19
In video footage posted to Twitter, LaMay, pictured, signed off over the police radio to explain why he was retiring from the force adding: ‘Governor Jay Inslee can kiss my a**’
LaMay, pictured in a video where he blasted Washington State Governor Jay Inslee for his sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandates for state employees
LaMay, pictured, spoke to Fox News following his forced resignation in October, after Washington State Governor Jay Inslee implemented statewide vaccine mandates
‘His service to this state and agency will be long remembered and appreciated,’ Batiste went on to say.
‘Let us now remember our old friend, support his family and loved ones, give thanks for his service, and resolve to meet the challenges ahead with continuing duty, dignity and respect,’ the patrol chief added.
LaMay’s last shift was in October 2021, when Governor Inslee’s mandate ordering most state employees to be vaccinated went into effect on October 18.
LaMay had appeared on Fox News shortly after his resignation, and claimed there were ‘several hundred’ people that were initially willing to get fired over the vaccine mandate, however many ended up getting the jab to keep their jobs.
‘When we started off this program, there was several hundred that were willing to get fired,’ LaMay stated.
‘Well, then they started looking at their finances.’
‘They looked at what they can do and they decided to take the vaccination.’
‘The people who have taken the vaccination in the state of Washington,’ LaMay explained at the time.
‘They really did it long enough to finish off their careers the few months or to find another job.’
LaMay went viral where he took aim at Governor Jay Inslee for the sweeping statewide vaccine mandates in a video recorded on his final shift.
‘This is my final sign-off after 22 years serving the citizens of the state of Washington, I’ve been asked to leave because I am dirty,’ LaMay said in a video.
‘Numerous fatalities, injuries, I’ve worked sick, I’ve played sick, buried lots of friends over these years.’
‘I’d like to thank you guys, as well as the citizens of Yakima County as well as my fellow officers within the valley. Without you guys I wouldn’t have been very successful.’
LaMay had appeared on Fox News after resigning, and claimed there were ‘several hundred’ that were willing to get fired, however many ended up getting the jab to keep their jobs
Washington Governor Jay Inslee, pictured issued the sweeping order over the summer
He continued: ‘You’ve kept me safe and got me home to my family every night. Thank you for that. I wish I could say more, but this is it.
‘So State 1034 this is the last time you’ll hear me in a state patrol car… And Jay Inslee can kiss my a**.’
LaMay had received a response from the radio operator thanking him for his years of loyal service and listing off a list of accomplishments.
She said: ‘1034 thank you for your 22 years of service to the citizens of Washington State.
‘You’ve taken on many roles in your time with the patrol. In your first year, you delivered a baby while on patrol. You’ve been a theory instructor and part of the chaplaincy board.
‘You’ve been a great role model and a mentor for all the young troopers serving in the area by sharing your knowledge and experience throughout the years.
People fill the Capitol campus in Olympia, Washington state to rally against the COVID-19 vaccination mandate by Gov. Jay Inlsee which threatens the jobs of thousands of state employees who may not comply
‘Thank you for your service.’
The deadline for most state government, health care and school workers in Washington state to get their COVID-19 vaccination was on October 18, but those who refused to get the jab had plenty of time to prepare.
Governor Inslee had issued the sweeping order in August with a clear directive: ‘Show proof of vaccination on or before October 18 or lose your job’.
Thousands of workers requested exemptions and there was also extensions made for some employees.
However, more than 92 percent of Washington state government workers are now said to have been fully vaccinated as of Saturday, according to the Washington State government website.
LaMay received an outpouring of support on social media at the time of his mandate-forced retirement.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks as he gives his annual State of the State address, January 11. Due to cautions against COVID-19, Inslee’s speech was shown to lawmakers remotely
‘He has more support than he knows,’ wrote one user at the time. ‘His strength is admirable. His public service appreciated and commended.’
‘Heartbreaking. 20 years of experience is not replaceable,’ added another.
In September, President Joe Biden ordered sweeping new federal vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans — private-sector employees as well as health care workers and federal contractors — in an all-out effort to curb the surging COVID-19 delta variant.
At the time, Biden sharply criticized the tens of millions of Americans who are not yet vaccinated, despite months of availability and incentives.
‘We’ve been patient. But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us,’ he said, all but biting off his words. The unvaccinated minority ‘can cause a lot of damage, and they are.’
Republican leaders — and some union chiefs, too — said Biden was going too far in trying to muscle private companies and workers, a certain sign of legal challenges to come.
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