Former Thurston County deputy receives state’s highest honor after being stabbed to save woman

By The Staff of The Chronicle

Former Thurston County Deputy Andrea Moore was honored at the Washington State Medal of Honor and Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony on May 6 after surviving a stab wound while presumably saving a woman from being sexually assaulted in 2021.

Moore was awarded the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor, the highest honor given to any law enforcement in the state, by Governor Jay Inslee.

Moore, now a Lacey Police Department officer, was working overtime on March 26 when she responded to a report from a suspicious person in the community of Nisqually Pines just outside of Yelm.

When she arrived at the residence, she saw a man and a woman through the window, Ray Brady, deputy sheriff for the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO), said last year.

After Moore knocked on the door, she allegedly saw an elderly woman answering with a man standing right behind her. Brady said that since Moore could see the worry on the woman’s face, she asked him out. Yet as the woman did as she was told, the man raised a knife, threatening to stab her in the back, Brady said.

The assailant has been identified as convicted felon and sex offender Ronald Clayton.

“Unbeknownst to Deputy Moore, the man was there to rape the elderly woman and had just cut off her GPS ankle monitor, where he was being watched in the Spanaway area,” the sheriff’s office wrote. of Thurston County last week. “The man inside the elderly woman’s home pulled out a large knife and attacked Deputy Moore, stabbing her in the neck. Deputy Moore was able to draw her service weapon and shoot the suspect, hitting him and stopping the attack. She was able to tell on the radio that shots had been fired and that she had been stabbed. Members of TCSO and Yelm PD arrived soon after and were able to provide life-saving medical treatment until paramedics arrived to transport Deputy Moore to hospital. Deputy Moore was in and out of consciousness and at one point had no pulse. She underwent surgery at Providence St. Peter’s Hospital and has since made a full recovery.

Members of TCSO and members of the honor guard attended the May 7 ceremony.

“Congratulations Officer Moore,” the sheriff’s office wrote. “The citizens of the unincorporated county of Thurston have been blessed to see you serve for them.”

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