Retired officer honored by Marine Corps League


November 16, 2023

Darrel Trotter. Courtesy photo.

Rosburg resident Darrel Trotter was honored by the Marine Corps League Daniel E Crockett Detachment 1228 at their annual ball in Astoria this weekend when he was named Gene Bolstad Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

The award is named for a Washington State Patrol Trooper who died on duty in 1957 while trying to rescue a teenager caught in a strong rip current at Long Beach. Each year it is awarded to an outstanding law enforcement officer in Pacific or Wahkiakum County.

"The local veterans of our detachment are pleased to honor [Trotter's] selfless service to the community and his unwavering dedication to providing help for those in need," Mike Allen of the Marine Corps League wrote in an email.

Wahkiakum County Sheriff Mark Howie nominated Trotter, a recently retired reserve deputy and police officer, for the award.

Trotter began his career in 1968, serving both Kelso and Longview Police Departments before retiring in 1986 as Chief of Port Orchard.

More recently, he retired from the Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office where he volunteered for the last 10 years.

"Darrel has served in a law enforcement capacity for over 28 years," Howie wrote. "I have personally witnessed his selfless service to the communities in our county and his unwavering dedication to providing help to those in need. His interactions with people from all walks of life and his commitment to law enforcement have been above reproach. It has been an honor to work with Darrel Trotter over this past decade and he is duly recognized for the sacrifices he has made, all for the good of others."


Reader Comments(1)

notaJoker writes:

In 1970 I met LPD Officer Trotter on the side of the road. He treated and educated me with dignity. I watched Trotter on the roadside when I went to work with the ambulance company. He cared about people. I later became a police officer and crossed paths with Trotter over the years. He earned the respect of his peers and served his profession and the public very well. He deserved this award, for giving and doing so much for so long. He is what cops call, a cops cop. Congratulations T.


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