Snapshot: Rep. Dave Reichert

For Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA), National Police Week hits close to home.

For more than 30 years, Reichert served in law enforcement, most recently as sheriff for King County — the largest county in Washington state and home to Seattle.

In a snapshot of his story, Reichert shares the most memorable moment of his career: capturing Gary Ridgway, known as the Green River Killer, the most prolific serial killer in American history.

In the video, Reichert describes the toll law enforcement can take on those who serve:

“During Green River, that was an especially tough time. I was home, but I wasn’t. I was physically there, but emotionally and mentally gone. I was constantly thinking about what I could do next. What did I miss? Why haven’t I solved this case yet?”

This National Police Week, Reichert encourages us to keep all law enforcement officers in our thoughts, and to thank them for their service.

“When people think about the sacrifice an officer might make they think about the ultimate sacrifice,” said Reichert. “But there is an emotional cost. Those are the kinds of things you just do. It’s part of you – it’s what you do. It doesn’t matter who it is. When they need help, we go.”

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