Press Release


Deputy Thompson Memorial Service Scheduled

Kittitas County, WA - 03/22/2019 - A Memorial Service for Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Nicholson Pavilion, 715 E. Dean Nicholson Blvd., on the Central Washington University Campus in Ellensburg, Washington. Deputy Thompson gave the ultimate sacrifice and ended his watch on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Deputy Thompson was born in 1976, grew up in Walla Walla, and graduated from Central Washington University in 2003.  He began his law enforcement career as a Reserve Deputy with the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), then worked as a Corrections Officer with KCSO, before joining the Central Washington University Police Department.  He returned to the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office in 2013 as a patrol deputy.  Deputy Thompson provided 14 years of exceptional service to Kittitas County as a law enforcement professional.  He is survived by his wife and their three children.

Additional details regarding the service, including specifics for media participation and coverage, will be released as they are finalized.  We ask that everyone please be respectful of the time it takes to plan and announce these decisions, which are determined by the family affected by this tragedy.  Please only rely on official releases from Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office as the official source of information.

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