Trooper William R. Brandt lost his life on June 12, 1970, when a tornado-like wind blew his patrol car off the road into a concrete bridge abutment on U.S. Highway 36, near Macon, Missouri. Tpr. Brandt had been on storm watch alert in the Macon, Missouri, area when the incident occurred. The same storm caused extensive damage to Troop B headquarters, ripping the roof completely off and blowing down the 325-foot radio tower. Fortunately, nobody was injured at the headquarters.
Trooper William R. Brandt, 23, was the 10th of the Patrol to lose his life in the line of duty. He was survived by his wife.