Law enforcement officers receive top WA honor



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Nine officers have earned Washington state’s highest law enforcement award.

Gov. Chris Gregoire and Attorney General Rob McKenna led a ceremony Friday to commend the officers, including Department of Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl and Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu, who were both killed while on duty.

Biendl was killed by an inmate at the Washington State Reformatory Unit at the Monroe Correctional Complex in January 2011 and Radulescu was shot and killed by the driver of a suspect vehicle during a traffic stop in February in Kitsap County.