The public memorial service for Trooper Sean O’Connell, who was killed in a traffic accident on Friday, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Comcast Arena in Everett, the Washington State Patrol announced this afternoon.
The service will be open to the public.
Before the service there will be a procession of family, law enforcement and other emergency responders that will originate at the Smokey Point Rest Area, along southbound Interstate 5. The departure time and exact route for the procession are still being finalized, but motorists should be aware of possible traffic delays after mid-morning on Thursday.
Those who wish to honor O’Connell in the meantime can do so by bringing flowers or mementos to the WSP District Headquarters at 2700 116th Ave. N.E., in Marysville.
O’Connell was on duty as a motorcycle officer in Conway, south of Mount Vernon, when he was struck by a box truck and thrown from his cycle. O’Connell was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital, where he died Friday evening.
O’Connell, 38, of Lake Stevens, had been with the State Patrol for 16 years. He was married and had two children, a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl.