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Ceremony dedicates memorial bench to fallen trooper

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LEAVENWORTH — Washington State Patrol chiefs and city officials plan a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Oct. 7 for a highway trooper killed in the line of duty 14 years ago.

The ceremony will dedicate the basalt bench at Highway 2 and Front Street memorializing Trooper Jim Saunders, who was shot to death at age 31 during a patrol stop in Pasco in 1999.

Saunders, who served eight years with the state patrol, was a Leavenworth native and…

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