Category Archive: Ultimate Sacrifice

Trooper James M. Bava — Badge #162

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On August 28, 2015, Trooper James M. Bava was killed in a one-vehicle traffic crash in Audrain County. At 8:29 a.m., Tpr. Bava radioed he observed a motorcyclist commit a traffic violation on Missouri Route FF in Audrain County. A few minutes later, communications operators at Troop F Headquarters in Jefferson City attempted to contact …

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Trooper Frederick F. Guthrie Jr. — Badge #1322

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On August 1, 2011, Trooper Frederick F. Guthrie Jr. and his Patrol K-9 Reed were assigned to Missouri River flood duty. They were working in the area of Big Lake on Missouri Highway 118 at Missouri Highway 111 in Holt County, Missouri, when they were apparently swept away by swift flood water. At approximately 6:25 …

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Sergeant Joseph G. Schuengel — Badge #970

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At approximately 11:10 a.m. on October 15, 2010, Sergeant Joseph G. Schuengel, the pilot for Troop C, Weldon Spring, was fatally injured in a helicopter crash in St. Louis County. Sgt. Schuengel was returning to the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Missouri, following a traffic enforcement operation in Jefferson County when the Bell …

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Corporal Dennis E. Engelhard — Badge #355

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Corporal Dennis E. Engelhard was struck by a vehicle at 10:30 a.m., on December 25, 2009. Cpl. Engelhard was completing a traffic crash investigation on westbound Interstate 44 east of Eureka, Missouri, when a driver lost control of his vehicle on the ice-covered roadway and struck him. At the time of the crash, Cpl. Engelhard …

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Trooper Donald K. “Kevin” Floyd — Badge #394

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Trooper Donald K. “Kevin” Floyd was killed in the line of duty September 22, 2005. Tpr. Floyd was struck by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 60 in Texas County, approximately one mile east of Missouri Route MM, at 12:21 p.m. He was airlifted by Hammons Lifeline to St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, where he …

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Corporal John A. “Jay” Sampietro Jr. — Badge #584

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Corporal John A. “Jay” Sampietro Jr, was killed in the line of duty August 17, 2005. Corporal Sampietro was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 44 in Webster County, near Strafford, Missouri. He was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, where he succumbed to his injuries. At the time he was struck, Corporal …

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Trooper Ralph C. Tatoian — Badge #1140

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Trooper Ralph C. Tatoian killed in a traffic crash at 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2005, on Interstate 44 in Franklin County. Tpr. Tatoian, a member of the Patrol’s Special Emergency Response Team (now known as Special Weapons and Tactics or SWAT), and other members of SERT, were responding to the Franklin County area …

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Sergeant Carl D. “Dewayne” Graham Jr. — Badge #223

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Sergeant C. Dewayne Graham Jr, was killed at his residence at approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, 2005. A passing motorist found Sgt. Graham lying on the ground near his patrol car still wearing his uniform. An autopsy revealed he had been ambushed, shot by a rifle and a shotgun. Sgt. Graham’s residence was …

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Trooper Michael L. Newton — Badge #799

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Trooper Michael L. Newton was killed in a traffic crash at 6:59 a.m. on May 22, 2003. Tpr. Newton had stopped a vehicle on eastbound Interstate 70 near the 47-mile marker in Lafayette County. While Tpr. Newton and the person he had stopped were sitting in his patrol car, they were struck by a pickup …

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Trooper Kelly L. Poynter — Badge #1191

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Trooper Kelly L. Poynter was killed on January 18, 2002, while working a traffic crash on U.S. Highway 63 in Texas County, two miles south of Houston, Missouri. While Tpr. Poynter was investigating the initial crash, another vehicle struck and killed him, and injured a wrecker driver. The driver of the vehicle that struck Tpr. …

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