A memorial service is planned on Monday for a Washington State Patrol soldier who died of COVID-19 and whom the agency claims to have signed on duty.
Detective Eric Gunderson, 38, died last month. He leaves behind his wife Kameron and two sons aged 13 and 10.
Gunderson was the technical liaison officer in the patrol’s Criminal Investigation Division and a member of the patrol’s SWAT team. He traveled frequently across the country to discuss the state patrol’s use of drones and contracted COVID-19 on one of those trips, the patrol said.
Gunderson helped investigate the 2017 Amtrak derailment at DuPont, and his work also helped reopen roads faster after accidents.
The memorial service was scheduled for Monday morning at Church For All Nations in Tacoma.