Friends, family turn out to memorialize mudslide victims
EVERETT, Wash. -- Dozens of friends and family members packed the grounds on Naval Station Everett to pay respects and say goodbye to six people who lost their lives in last month's Oso mudslide.
Among those memorialized were Commander John Rugelbrugge and his wife Kris Regelbrugge, as well as Chief Petty Officer Billy Spillers and three of his children, Brooke, Jovon and Kaylee.
So far, 41 victims have been recovered and identified. Kris Regelbrugge is among the last 2 still people missing. Spiller's fourth child, 4-year-old Jacob, survived the slide. Spiller's wife, Jonielle, is a nurse and was at work at the time of the slide.
Governor Jay Inslee attended the memorial service, where shipmates and friends described both men as dedicated to the Navy and to their families.
Sailors rang a final watch bell before both men were given their final orders they are dismissed.