We are deeply saddened to announce the death of a beloved City of Bainbridge Island employee. Ofc. Kurt Enget, a five-year veteran of the Bainbridge Island Police Department, died this morning (Friday, April 10). Our entire City family is heartbroken as we mourn his loss and extend our support to Ofc. Enget’s family.
At this time, we do not have information about the official cause of death. We know that Enget was being treated at Harrison Medical Center for symptoms that presented similar to COVID-19. The Kitsap County Coroner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine cause of death.
Ofc. Enget, 49, was a 1989 graduate of South Kitsap High School. He worked at Safeway for 18 years then made a career change to law enforcement. Ofc. Enget started his law enforcement career in 2005 at the Suquamish Police Department then joined the Bainbridge Island Police Department in 2015. In 2017, Ofc. Enget completed K-9 training. At the time of his death, he was a certified K-9 handler to his partner, Whitney. The K-9 was sworn-in during a ceremony on May 14, 2019 (watch video here – click on item 6A).
Below is a list of commendations and awards Ofc. Enget received during his service with the Bainbridge Island Police Department.
- 2019: Enget and K-9 Whitney earned a Certificate of Commendation for their efforts in a 2019 fatal Port Angeles fire investigation.
- 2019: Enget and K-9 Whitney received a Certificate of Commendation for their efforts assisting a drug investigation.
- 2018: Enget received a life-saving award for the rescue of a capsized kayaker.
- 2018: Enget received a life-saving award for his role in the Eagle Harbor officer-involved shooting.
- 2018: Enget received a Certificate of Commendation for his efforts assisting a call for a suicidal person.
- 2018: Enget received a Certificate of Commendation for his efforts in a Bainbridge murder investigation.
- 2017: Enget received a Certificate of Commendation for his efforts during a burglary in progress.
- 2017: Enget received a Certificate of Commendation for his efforts during a domestic violence situation involving an armed suspect.
- 2017: Enget received a letter of recognition for his efforts in a missing youth incident.
“Kurt was a very important member of our team, known by so many in our community, including those at the dog park where he often brought K-9 Whitney,” Interim Police Chief Scott Weiss said. “He was a friendly and caring officer who embodied what it means to be a member of the Bainbridge Island Police Department. He was an irreplaceable colleague, dedicated to service to the entire community, and we will miss him greatly.”
Ofc. Enget is survived by his wife (Yevette), three children, and two grandchildren. We are sharing Ofc. Enget’s name with the consent of his family. By law, medical professionals must safeguard the personal privacy of all patients. We request that you please respect his family’s privacy during this devastating time. Our hearts go out to everyone who was a part of Enget’s life.
If you’d like to offer support, a fund has been established by the Bainbridge Island Police Guild to help Enget’s family. Learn more here.
Ofc. Enget’s last day on duty was Friday, March 27. We do not have any information about possible exposure at this time. We urge our community to please continue to follow Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Please help us honor Ofc. Enget’s life and service by doing your part to stay home and save lives! Information on the City’s COVID-19 response can be found here: https://www.bainbridgewa.gov/COVID19
“I am deeply saddened by Ofc. Enget’s passing. We have lost a special member of our City family. My thoughts are with Ofc. Enget’s loved ones and the officers who served with him,” City Manager Morgan Smith said. “I am confident that our police officers will continue to serve the community during this sad time with a high level of professional service.”
The Bainbridge Island Police Department is overwhelmed with offers of mutual aid coverage from our law enforcement agency partners to allow our officers time to grieve the loss of Ofc. Enget. Please be aware that during this time you may see other law enforcement agency vehicles assisting with patrol and response in our community.
At this time, a fellow Bainbridge officer will continue care for K-9 Whitney.
Early this morning, representatives from Washington State Patrol, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, City of Bremerton Police Department, City of Poulsbo Police Department, City of Port Orchard Police Department, Suquamish Police Department, Bainbridge Island Fire Department, and other neighboring law enforcement agencies escorted Ofc. Enget’s body to the Kitsap County Coroner’s office.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, information on a memorial service is pending. We understand the importance of honoring Ofc. Enget and will work with his family to consider how to best move forward in honoring him. We will share this information with our community in the days to come. All Bainbridge Island Police personnel are authorized to wear mourning bands until the conclusion of a memorial service.
Ofc. Enget is the first member of the City of Bainbridge Island Police Department family to die in the line of duty.
No additional information is available at this time. We ask the public to join us as we remember this fallen hero.