WSP Releases Heartfelt Statement on the Service and Loss of Trooper Steve Houle
WSP Press Release
Monday, February 8, 2021, will be remembered as a sad day in the 100 year history of Washington State Patrol as we learned that we lost 28 year veteran Trooper Steve K. Houle to an off-duty snowmobile accident in Kittitas County. Steve was an avid outdoorsman and had spent his entire life in the Cle Elum area. The high beautiful peaks of the area greeted him at his birth on January 12, 1970, watched him graduate from Cle Elum High School 18 years later, and then welcomed him to service in the Washington State Patrol when on August 17, 1992, Steve began his career as a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer 1, assigned to Cle Elum.
Sadly, those same beautiful mountains were the landscape of his passing when he and a friend were engulfed by an avalanche just before noon on Monday. His friend was able to get back to safety and summon help, but despite the best efforts of the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue teams, our friend and colleague, Steve Houle perished. His body was found in the evening hours and escorted from the mountains and into the awaiting embrace of his family, searchers, first responders, and fellow law enforcement officers.
“A devoted husband and father of three, our thoughts and prayers are now with his wife Laurie and children Hayden, Conner, and Rachel,” stated WSP Chief John R Batiste. “Steve was a great person and an excellent employee, loved and respected by us all. We hold his memory and his family close to our hearts in this painfully sad time.”
For those who knew, respected, and served with Trooper Steve Houle, it will be hard to look at the beloved snow covered peaks of his home and service area without remembering the unforgiving consequences of nature’s fury. Still, it will be just as difficult to see the beauty and strength of those same peaks and not think of the towering strength of character of this good and decent man. A father, husband, friend and servant to the people of Washington, we mourn his passing and celebrate his service.
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