Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: June 14, 2017
Contact: Trooper Will Finn
Phone: (360) 449-7960
Cell: (360) 827-2036
Twitter: @wspd5pio

Chief Batiste to Present Award of Merit

Vancouver -- On June 16, 2017, Washington State Patrol (WSP) Chief John R. Batiste will recognize regional employees for extraordinary efforts performed in 2016. Chief Batiste will be at the Vancouver District Office to present both troopers and civilian employees with awards of recognition.

Civilian Michael J. Trottier will receive an Award of Merit for his efforts in helping troopers with a suicidal subject in Vancouver, Washington. On December 18, 2016, troopers were notified of a suicidal male on the State Route 500 overpass on I-5. While traveling on State Route 500, Mr. Trottier witnessed the incident unfolding and noticed only one trooper negotiating with the man. Mr. Trottier stopped to offer assistance. Together, Mr. Trottier and the trooper wrestled the suicidal man to the ground just as a second trooper arrived on-scene. With Mr. Trottier's assistance, the man was subdued. Medical personnel evaluated and provided medical care to the subject.

It was later discovered the male was concealing a knife and had already inflicted life-threatening injuries to himself in the neck and face before being subdued by the trooper and Mr.Trottier. Neither Mr. Trottier nor any troopers were injured during the encounter. Mr. Trottier did become exposed to the subject's blood from self-inflicted injuries.

Without any concern for himself and with great compassion for the severely distressed man, Mr. Trottier stopped and offered assistance to troopers. He risked not only his life while on the overpass, but he did so without any knowledge of the hidden weapon and the exposure it would bring Mr.Trottier's selfless intervention led to a positive outcome which may not have occurred without his direct involvement.

The Award of Merit is presented to employees and civilians for an act endangering them in attempting a life-saving action, preventing a serious crime, or affecting an arrest of a dangerous felon.

Media wishing to attend the event should RSVP to Trooper Will Finn at The event will begin at 10:00 am and will be followed by an employee appreciation luncheon.