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VIDEO: Slain Trooper Tony Radulescu Remembered; Memorial Set For Thursday in Kent

Hundreds gathered in Port Orchard to remember the Washington State Patrol trooper who was killed during an overnight traffic stop Feb. 23.

Christian Life Center in Port Orchard held a community candlelight vigil to honor fallen Trooper Tony Radulescu on Monday night, Feb. 27.

Patch reader Chuen Tsao posted the following message and the video of the vigil on the Gig Harbor Patch Facebook page.

"My church held a candle light vigil for trooper Tony Radulescu. The trooper was a member of this church. He was best friends with the lead pastor's son-in-law. After 5 minutes of singing, the pastor speaks."

The memorial procession for Trooper Radulescu will begin at Kitsap Mall in Silverdale Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. It will make its way through Port Orchard and continue on SR 16 eastbound to I-5 and south to SR 512.

The service will be held at the Showare Center arena in Kent at 1 p.m. The public is welcome.

Tom Silva March 01, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Tony was one of my soldiers in the 2122 Garrison Support Unit (military Police Detachment) MP. He always demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism in the most easy going manner have ever seen in a soldier, or an MP. Tony had the fastest smile in the west. And when he shook your hand, you knew, he knew what hand shaking was all about. Tony was one of the most outstanding, upstanding, understanding young men I have ever encountered in my over 30 year military career,SSG Radelescu, I salute you, Trooper, Radelescu, I salute You, Citizen Radelescu, I salute you. Ruffles and flourishes to you eternally! MSG Tom Silva US Army (retired)
Brent Champaco March 02, 2012 at 12:36 AM
MSG Silva - Thank you so much for sharing those memories. They provide another example of how #TrooperTony was simply unique, as was his smile. It's a tough day, undoubtedly, but stories like yours will help get us through it. Thanks.
Will Jones March 02, 2012 at 04:51 AM
I met Tony through his son Erick. I was Erick's Army Recruiter. When I first met Erick he was standing on the sidewalk outside of the locked Air Force Recruiting office.it was cold so I invited him inside and we spoke for a while until the Air Force recruiters returned to their office. He told me that his dad was in the army and a state patroller. When he came back to my office after speaking to the air force we set up a day for him to take the ASVAB. It was that day that I met Tony. I kept calling him Sergeant because of his rank in the army, but he insisted I either call him Tony, or Trooper Tony. We stood outside freezing our respective buns off for the entire three hours that Erick took that test for the military. In that time we spoke about our experiences in the Army. We spoke about life. We spoke about anything that came to mind. I found out that when he came from Romania he came to the state of my birth, New Jersey. I found out that he was as much a NY Giants fan as I was. Tony found out that I wasn't a recruiter who only care about numbers, I was devoted to taking care of anyone who came into that office and spoke to me, even if it lead to a few butt chewings. I like to think we made a great impression on each other that day. We continued to keep in touch long after that day. Tony, my brother, my friend, my hero... I love you and will keep you in my heart always. ---SSG Will Jones
Brent Champaco March 02, 2012 at 06:08 AM
SSG Jones - Wow. What an experience. As much as someone like me can write or shoot pictures depicting how great of a guy #TrooperTony was, you can actually attest to it. It sounds as if it truly was a blessing to meet him and Erick, who by the way, sounds like a great person too. Thanks so much for sharing those memories.

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