A former Washington State trooper died on Friday, months after quitting his job over a vaccine mandate.
Robert LaMay, 50, became a hero to anti-vaxxers in October when he defied the state mandate and then went viral in a video in which he told Gov. Jay Inslee (D) to “kiss my ass” and claimed that he was “being asked to leave because “I am dirty.”
From his cruiser, LaMay filmed his final signoff, saying, “This will be the last time you hear me in a state patrol car. And Jay Inslee can kiss my ass.”
Afterward, he told reporters that he did not trust the vaccine and was waiting for a sign from God that he should take it and never got one, and also said the government should not be mandating vaccines (even though governments have long required other vaccinations), The Daily Beast noted.
“I am deeply saddened over the news that our former friend and colleague Trooper Robert LaMay has passed away. This agency’s prayers and remembrances are with his family and loved ones,” Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste said in a statement, according to The Hill. “Rob served honorably for over two decades and we were disappointed to see him leave the agency this past October. His service to this state and agency will be long remembered and appreciated.”
“While we are sorry to see that 3 percent go and we wish them well, we are pleased that it is not higher. Some have the option to return if they are fully vaccinated within the next month. Washington State government is a great place to work and these positions will be filled,” he added.
LaMay joined a growing number of vocal anti-vaxxers—from radio hosts to politicians—who have died of the coronavirus.Watch his final sign off video below: