Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Posthumous Award for Service

United State Park Ranger Margaret Anderson
Mount Rainier National Park
On January 1ST, 2012 Park Ranger Margaret Anderson was working at Mount Rainier National Park when she was shot and killed by a fleeing suspect.  Ranger Anderson had set up a road block to stop the suspect who, unknown to officers was wanted for wounding four individuals the previous day.  Park Ranger Margaret Anderson had served with the National Park Service for over twelve years.

For Serious Injury

Deputy Michael A. Northway
Spokane County Sheriff's Office
On June 19th, 2012, Deputy Northway, along with Deputy Spink were making a traffic stop for an uncover unit when both deputies were fired upon by a passenger exiting the vehicle, who was a federal fugitive. Deputy Northway was stuck in both arms and both legs. Deputy Northway was able to return fire causing the suspect to flee on foot. Deputy Northway has served over twelve years with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Joseph M. Spink
Spokane County Sheriff's Office
On June 19th, 2012, Deputy Spink, along with Deputy Northway were making a traffic stop for an uncover unit when both deputies were fired upon by a passenger exiting the vehicle, who was a federal fugitive. Deputy Spink was stuck in one leg. Deputy Spink was able to return fire causing the suspect to flee on foot. Deputy Spink has served over twelve years with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. 

For Meritorious Conduct

Officer Ryan Moody
Lakewood Police Department
On December 9th, 2012, Officer Ryan Moody and Officer Jon Waller working together spotted a stolen vehicle.  When they attempted to stop the vehicle the driver fled at a high rate of speed onto an interstate highway.  When it appeared the vehicle was stopping upon exiting the highway, Officer Moody attempted to pin the stolen vehicle’s door with his patrol vehicle, however the driver reversed the vehicle trapping Officer Waller in the patrol vehicle front passenger seat.  The driver then started shooting at both officers with a handgun.  Both officers returned fire hitting the driver until he died.  The driver was found to be wearing several layers of body armor and having made prior statements concerning “suicide by cop”.  Neither officer was wounded. Officer Moody has served over seven years with the Lakewood Police Department.
Officer Jon Waller
Lakewood Police Department
On December 9th, 2012, Officer Ryan Moody and Officer Jon Waller working together spotted a stolen vehicle.  When they attempted to stop the vehicle the driver fled at a high rate of speed onto an interstate highway.  When it appeared the vehicle was stopping upon exiting the highway, Officer Moody attempted to pin the stolen vehicle’s door with his patrol vehicle, however the driver reversed the vehicle trapping Officer Waller in the patrol vehicle front passenger seat.  The driver then started shooting at both officers with a handgun.  Both officers returned fire hitting the driver until he died.  The driver was found to be wearing several layers of body armor and having made prior statements concerning “suicide by cop”.  Neither officer was wounded. Officer Jon Waller has served over eight years with the Lakewood Police Department.