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Rachael B Stuhlmiller

Olympia, Washington

August 11, 2015

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
25 Army Sgt

315th CID
JBLM, Tacoma, WA

 Died in a motorcycle accident.- Sgt. Stuhlmiller served as a Military Police Officer in Afghanistan and returned to serve as an active Reservist with the 315th CID at JBLM. She was sworn in as a Mason County Sheriff's Deputy on May 1st of this year.

Rachael Bethany Stuhlmiller
Birth: 12/16/1989
Death: 8/11/2015

Rachael Bethany Stuhlmiller, 25, passed away August 11, 2015 in Shelton, Washington. She was born December 16, 1989 to John C. and Allyson E. Stuhlmiller in Olympia, Washington.

Rachel attended Stuhlmiller Academy (home school) K-12, graduating in June 2009. She received her Associate of Arts from South Puget Sound Community College on June 22, 2009, and Bachelor of Arts in Social and Criminal Justice online from Ashford University on April 14, 2014.

Rachael joined the Washington National Guard in November 2010. When she finished basic training in March 2011, she was assigned to the 506th Military Police Detachment, which deployed to Afghanistan from September 16, 2012 to September 6, 2013. On January 16, 2014, she transferred to the 315th Military Police Detachment (CID) in the Army Reserves.

From 2013 to 2015, Rachael worked as a security officer for AlliedBarton in Auburn, Washington. In May 2015, she became a Deputy Sheriff with Mason County, assigned to the county jail. In June 2015, she purchased a home in Tumwater, Washington.

Rachael was a driven and dedicated person. Her goal was to protect our nation, state, and those around her through her military and civilian work. She was driven to succeed in every facet of life and lived it to the fullest. She loved to travel and spend time with her 10 siblings. She knew how to make birthdays and holidays special and served as the “glue” in her family.

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August 27, 2015

From MCSO News Release 08/12/15:

(MCSO News Release) - On Tuesday afternoon, 08/11/2015 around 3:29 PM, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office lost one of their own. Jail Deputy Sheriff Rachael B. Stuhlmiller was driving to work on US Hwy. 101 when she was involved in a tragic motorcycle accident.

Dep. Stuhlmiller was one of the newest Jail Deputies and was recently sworn in on 05/01/2015 in front of her family, friends and co-workers. Dep. Stuhlmiller was only 25 years old, but had previously served her country in the military before being hired by the Sheriff’s Office.

Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury stated that he and his entire Sheriff’s Office grieve over the loss of our sister and friend. The Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Mason County are at a loss with the death of Dep. Stuhlmiller.

Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell said that Dep. Stuhmiller was pronounced deceased at the scene and released her name after Sheriff Salisbury and his staff made personal notification to Dep. Stuhlmiller’s family.

The accident is being investigated by the Washington State Patrol and no further information is available at this time.

Mason County Sheriff's Office Press Release - August 12, 2015
From The Olympian theolympian.com 08/12/15:

Mason deputy dies in motorcycle crash

Staff writer

Mason County Sheriff’s Deputy Rachael B. Stuhlmiller died Tuesday afternoon in a motorcycle accident on State Route 101.

Stuhlmiller, who worked in the Mason County Jail, was driving to work when her motorcycle collided with a semi-truck at about 3:30 p.m, according to the Washington State Patrol. She died at the scene.

Mason County Detective William Adam said the 25-year-old Olympia native was full of life, and the kind of law enforcement officer every agency hopes to hire. She was sworn in as a deputy May 1 and previously served in the Army.

“She was just so excited to start her new job,” Adam said. “The type of young person that agencies all over the United States would look for — high integrity, strong morals and very respectful. And we were lucky enough to have her working for us.”

Stuhlmiller had hoped to one day become a detective in the department, Adam said.

In a press release, Sheriff Casey Salisbury said the department is grieving over the loss. The Sheriff’s Office will defer to the wishes of Stuhlmiller’s family with regards to a memorial service.

The collision is being investigated by the Washington State Patrol.

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