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Veteran WSP trooper fired for defying vaccine mandate criticizes Inslee in viral video

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Former Washington State trooper Robert LaMay is speaking out after being fired for defying the vaccine mandate.

But it's his choice words for Governor Jay Inslee now getting attention in a viral video recorded in his cruiser.

“This is my final sign off after 22 years of serving the State of Washington," LaMay said. "I am being asked to leave because I am dirty."

As the Governor's vaccine mandate went into effect earlier this week, LaMay sat in his cruiser and took a final parting shot.

“This will be the last time you hear me in a state patrol car," LaMay said. "And Jay Inslee can kiss my a**.”

And since then, this video has reached millions of people around the world.

“People have called me to say thank you for saying that because we very much have thought that,” LaMay said.

LaMay served with Washington State Patrol in Yakima and said he decided not to get the vaccine because of his personal convictions.

“You should not be forcing this," LaMay said. "If you start forcing things like this what's next?"

WSP said 74 state troopers out of the 127 staff members fired for failing to comply with the vaccine mandate.

No one from the governor's office returned our requests for comment about this exodus or LaMay's comments. But WSP spokesperson Chris Loftis sent us a statement that reads in part, " I have not had the honor of meeting the gentleman personally but have heard only that he served the state with great honor and distinction. Our message to our people throughout this regrettable situation has been a simple one-if it is safe for you to be vaccinated, please do so."

We also asked how he would respond to the people who say you're putting friends, family, and community at risk by not getting the vaccine?

"I don't feel that I am," LaMay said.

Lamay is married with four kids and supported the entire family with his one income. He's lost his medical insurance, benefits, and sick leave. But said he has no regrets.

“It's bitter sweet," LaMay said. "It's nice to have the pressure off my shoulders. but at the end of the day I'm reaching out to help other troopers. I'm trying to find jobs for guys."

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And LaMay said he's staying busy by lining up speaking engagements and is considering becoming a law enforcement consultant.

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