A Washington State Patrol officer, fired for being unvaccinated, posted a video of his final signoff in his patrol car with a message to Gov. Jay Inslee (D) who mandated COVID vaccines for state employees, saying, “Jay Inslee can kiss my ass.”
Inslee set a deadline of October 18 for state employees to be vaccinated. The Seattle Times reported a high compliance rate:
The deadline for most state government, health care and school workers in Washington to get their COVID-19 vaccination is days away. When Gov. Jay Inslee issued the sweeping order this summer, his announcement was clear: Show proof of vaccination on or before Oct. 18 or lose your job.
…More than 90% of Washington state government workers have been verified as fully vaccinated as this week, Inslee announced Thursday. That’s up from 68% a couple weeks earlier.
The state’s Office of Financial Management reported earlier in the week that the rates vary between the largest state agencies: 91% among Department of Social and Health Services workers; between 84% and 91% among Department of Corrections prison employees depending on the facility; and 89% among Washington State Patrol workers.
Losing ten percent of a workforce across the board will cause staff shortages and coverage issues.
Video of the unnamed trooper making his final signoff was posted by Seattle talk radio host Jason Rantz, ““This is the last time you’ll hear me in a patrol car and Jay Inslee can kiss my ass.” Washington State Trooper in Yakima, Wash. signs off after 22 years — fired by
@GovInslee for being unvaccinated.”
“This is the last time you’ll hear me in a patrol car and Jay Inslee can kiss my ass.”
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) October 17, 2021
“This is my final signoff. Um, after twenty-two years of serving the citizens of the State of Washington I’m being asked to leave because I am “dirty”. Um, numerous fatalities, um, injuries, I’ve worked sick, I’ve played sick, um, we’ve buried lots of friends over these years. I’d like to thank you guys, I’d like to thank the um, citizens of Yakima County as well as my fellow officers within the valley. Without you guys I wouldn’t have been very successful and you’ve kept me safe and got me home to my family every night. Um, thank you for that. Um, wish I can say more but, um, this is it. So stay 10-34 this is the last time you’ll hear me in a State Patrol car. And Jay Inslee can kiss my ass.” (Transribed by TGP.)
The dispatcher read a tribute to the trooper and thanked him for his service.
Rantz spoke with Tucker Carlson this week about Inslee’s vaccine mandate:
WA @GovInslee is firing thousands of workers on Monday thanks to his vaccine mandate. Police, teachers, nurses, bus drivers, and more will lose their livelihoods because of Inslee’s authoritarian impulses. The impacts will be severe. I discussed it on #TuckerCarlsonTonight. pic.twitter.com/AkWQRiJIqv
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) October 15, 2021