The Ultimate Sacrifice - Killed in the Line of Duty
Since the start of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, thirty officers have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in the line of duty. By choosing a name on the left, you can see a brief summary concerning the death of each of those thirty officers, plus the only Missouri State trooper to be killed serving his country during World War II. We list these officers and their stories so that we will never forget the sacrifices they made for the Patrol, the people of Missouri, and all who travel our highways.
The memorial pin, shown to the left, is worn by employees of the Patrol when an officer is killed in the line of duty or when they are attending the funeral of another law enforcement officer who has been killed. Uniformed members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol do not wear badges and the memorial pin was adopted to allow our employees to show their support for law enforcement.
To view a brief synopsis surrounding the events of each officer's death, please select an officers name from the menu. We have also included a link on each officer's page that will take you to a more in-depth article about each officer, who they were, and their families.
As part of the 75th Anniversary of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, more detailed stories about the officers who have been killed in the line of duty and the families they have left behind have been included in a book entitled "Roll Call". This book can be found in the Patrol's History book and is a tribute to men who have sacrificed their lives for the state of Missouri. If you would like to read these stories and learn more about these heroic officers, please click here and then go to page 139 of the Patrol History.