30 officers and civilian employees of the Missouri State Highway Patrol were honored Saturday night at their annual MASTERS banquet in Jefferson City. Click to hear MSHP Public Information Officer Tim Hull tell the stories of why some of the recipients were honored for the service.
Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol,
is proud to announce 30 employees were honored at the Patrol’s annual
awards and The MASTERS banquet on April 16, 2011. Held at the Capitol Plaza
Hotel in Jefferson City, MO, family, friends, and The MASTERS members
gathered to honor the heroes of 2010. Major Luke Vislay, Q/CIB, served as
emcee; Troop F’s Color Guard presented the colors while CTE Roger Heard,
Troop H, played the bagpipes; Sergeant Steven V. Wilhoit, Q/DDCC, sang the
National Anthem; Patrol Chaplain Pastor Robert A. “Bob” Knight, First
Baptist Church, Cuba, MO, gave the invocation and benediction; and Colonel
Replogle presented the awards. Dr. Wes Stricker, president of The MASTERS,
presented The MASTERS Public Service Award. Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay)
Nixon served as the evening’s keynote speaker.
Listed are the awards and descriptions:
The MASTERS Public Service Award
Corporal Jason H. Glendenning, Troop I
The 2010 MASTERS Public Service Award recipient was Corporal Jason H.
Glendenning, Troop I. He is currently assigned to Troop I, Zone 8, Phelps
County. Additionally, Corporal Glendenning provides local schools with
safety information and provides youth programs throughout the community.
Corporal Glendenning and his wife own and operate Riverfront Camp and Canoe
on the Niangua River in Laclede County. Over the last few years, the
Glendennings have used the resources of their business and property to
raise money for cancer research. They organized adventure races to benefit
the Curry Cancer Center being built at St. John’s Medical Center in
Lebanon, Missouri. As the sponsor of the adventure races, Corporal
Glendenning donated the resources of the business, and spent many long
hours cutting and clearing trails for the running and cycling events. He
also procured additional sponsors and advertised the event outside the
local area. Over a three-year-period, their diligent efforts resulted in
$8,500 being raised for the center.
As a member of the sports booster club at Joel E. Barber Elementary, he
recognized the school’s need for athletic equipment and uniforms. With that
cause in mind, the Glendennings continued the adventure races, raising in
excess of $4,000 to date.
In 2008, after learning that a fellow trooper’s son was diagnosed with a
brain tumor, the Glendenning family organized a float trip fundraiser.
Annually, the Glendennings donate $1,000 worth of free camping and canoeing
to the Stream Team, who work to keep rivers and streams clean of trash and
debris. The Glendennings donate approximately $800 per year to various
causes through gift certificates to their business.
Corporal Glendenning serves on the Lebanon Youth Football League’s Board of
Directors, and serves as a wrestling and football coach. On his own time,
he has worked with the faculty and staff of the local elementary school
regarding the implementation of policies and procedures to make the
Sergeant Joseph G. “Joe” Schuengel, Troop C
At approximately 11:10 a.m. on Friday, October 15, 2010, Sergeant Joseph G.
“Joe” Schuengel, the pilot assigned to Troop C, Weldon Spring, was
returning to the Spirit of St. Louis Airport. He had just completed an
aircraft speed enforcement operation in Jefferson County when the Bell Jet
Ranger helicopter he was piloting crashed near the intersection of Clarkson
and Kehrs Mill Road in St. Louis County. Sergeant Schuengel was pronounced
dead at the scene.
Sergeant Joseph G. “Joe” Schuengel, 47, was a 17-year-veteran of the
Missouri State Highway Patrol and served as a Patrol pilot for seven years.
He is the 29th member of the Patrol to make the ultimate sacrifice while
serving and protecting the citizens of Missouri. He is survived by his
mother and three sisters.
Clerk Typist II Jamie L. Eichholz, Troop C
On Saturday, April 17, 2010, Clerk Typist II Jamie L. Eichholz, Troop C,
was visiting friends in Kingdom City, Missouri. One of her friends decided
to mow the lawn, while the other and Ms. Eichholz were baking. When they
didn’t hear the mower running, the two ladies became concerned and went to
check on their friend. They found him on his lawnmower trapped underneath
the garage door. Ms. Eichholz immediately called 9-1-1 for assistance. The
garage door would not operate, so Ms. Eichholz and her friend used their
backs to lift the door off him. Ms. Eichholz then held the door up as her
friend searched for something to help prop up the door. They used a fryer
and a two-by-four to pry the door up more. The two ladies were forced to
hold the garage door up for 20 minutes while they waited for emergency
services to arrive.
The garage door weighed 1,400 pounds. Prolonged pressure of that weight
upon his chest could have easily taken this gentleman’s life. He sustained
fractured ribs and numerous bruises as a result of the incident. Ms.
Eichholz sustained numerous lacerations and bruises to her back as a result
of holding the garage door for such a long time. Both have recovered fully.
Driver Examiner Supervisor Daniel L. Boyd, Troop D
Driver Examiner III Linda A. Bradley, Troop D
On February 24, 2010, Driver Examiner Supervisor Daniel L. Boyd and Driver
Examiner III Linda A. Bradley were on duty at Springfield Park Central
Driver Examination Station. At approximately 10 a.m., a gentleman collapsed
outside the examination office. Supervisor Boyd and Examiner Bradley
Initially, the man was responsive and informed them he had felt his
defibrillator shock him three times. When the gentleman became
unresponsive, Supervisor Boyd and Examiner Bradley initiated
cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Supervisor Boyd performed mouth-to-mouth
resuscitation as Examiner Bradley executed chest compressions. Both Patrol
personnel have been trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and
Supervisor Boyd is a certified first responder. They continued
cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived and transported the
man to a local hospital. Unfortunately, the man succumbed to his medical
Driver Examiner II Christina M. Royster, Troop A
Driver Examiner III Jennifer M. Whiting, Troop A
At approximately 7:55 a.m. on June 7, 2010, a Patrol employee choked on her
breakfast in the foyer of Troop A Headquarters. Her airway was obstructed
and she could not breathe. Driver Examiner II Christina M. Royster saw her
choking and attempted to perform an abdominal thrust. Although some food
was expelled, the employee continued to choke, and then collapsed onto the
ground, semi-conscious. When Examiner Royster was unable to completely
clear the airway, she called out for assistance. Driver Examiner III
Jennifer M. Whiting approached the front desk area and saw Examiner Royster
sitting behind her co-worker, attempting to place her arms around her in
order to administer another abdominal thrust. Examiner Whiting grabbed the
co-worker by her shirt and hoisted her into a sitting position. Examiner
Royster then successfully performed an abdominal thrust a fourth time and
cleared the airway. The employee gasped and immediately began breathing.
She was later transported to the local hospital for evaluation.
Trooper Benjamin J. Blankenbeker, Troop F
On November 20, 2010, Corporal Steven R. Gisselbeck, Trooper Clinton R.
Mistler, off-duty Trooper Benjamin J. Blankenbeker, and off-duty Osage
Beach Sergeant David M. Schween met for lunch at Imo’s Pizza in Osage
Beach, Missouri. After they finished eating, the group stood in the parking
lot and talked. While they were visiting, a couple and two children began
to get into a sport utility vehicle. As the father attempted to place a
little girl into the car, she panicked and would not get into the vehicle.
The parents became visibly upset and concerned about the child’s behavior.
The mother made eye contact with the officers in a plea for help. The
officers ran to the family and found the little girl was choking and had
Trooper Blankenbeker immediately began to administer first aid to the
frightened child. His first attempts to dislodge the obstruction were
unsuccessful. However, Trooper Blankenbeker remained calm and continued to
perform the lifesaving technique as the little girl began to turn blue and
drool. Finally, Trooper Blankenbeker’s techniques began to work and the
child was able to cry and cough as her color returned. Calmly, Trooper
Blankenbeker remained with the child until the object became dislodged.
Once the object, a chocolate covered peppermint, fell from the girl’s
mouth, she continued to cry softly. After her color returned and she was
breathing normally, Trooper Blankenbeker stood and spoke with the family.
As the parents expressed their appreciation, the mother asked Trooper
Blankenbeker to show her the proper technique to assist a small child.
Trooper Blankenbeker, a first aid instructor, calmly and professionally
answered her questions. The parents refused further treatment for their
child and left the scene.
Trooper Ricky Chapman, Troop A
On September 11, 2010, Benton County was experiencing heavy rain and flash
flooding throughout the county. At 1:01 a.m., Trooper Ricky J. Chapman was
advised that a motorist and her son had unexpectedly driven into high water
at a low-water crossing on Missouri Route B south of Seven Hills Road.
Trooper Chapman responded to the area and found the raging water was
approximately 250 feet wide and in excess of two feet deep. The vehicle was
stalled approximately 125 feet across the water, which was being diverted
by a large debris pile. If the water continued to rise, the debris pile
could fail, resulting in the vehicle being washed downstream.
Benton County Deputy Chad Eledge and Mr. Jeff Tolliver, a local tow truck
driver, were also at the scene. After determining a water rescue could
require an excessive amount of time, Trooper Chapman, the deputy, and the
tow truck driver decided to attempt to rescue the woman and her son.
Trooper Chapman and Mr. Tolliver locked arms, entered the water, and waded
to the vehicle. Deputy Eledge transported a rope to Trooper Chapman and Mr.
Tolliver to tie around each victim, then helped anchor the rope. Both the
driver and her son were rescued from the vehicle. According to the officers
and Mr. Tolliver, each time they took a step, the water moved their legs
approximately two feet downstream, and remaining upright was a struggle.
Trooper Jeffrey T. Day, Troop B
On October 20, 2010, Trooper Jeffrey T. Day was at the Brookfield police
dispatch speaking with a dispatcher about a male subject the police
department had arrested earlier that day. Trooper Day could see the video
monitor overlooking the detention area. He asked the dispatcher in which
cell the subject was being held. The dispatcher looked at the monitor and
observed what appeared to be the subject standing on the toilet located at
the rear of the jail cell. Trooper Day attempted to make contact with the
subject by knocking on the main door to the detention area. The dispatcher
informed him the subject had not reacted and no movement was detected.
Trooper Day then obtained the keys and entered the detention area. He
observed the subject hanging by his neck by a belt from the ceiling bars of
the jail. At this time, Trooper Day was joined by Officer Tom Bunnell of
the Brookfield Police Department. While Trooper Day lifted the subject,
Officer Bunnell cut the belt from the jail cell bar, thus freeing the
subject. They placed the subject on the floor and Officer Bunnell began
chest compressions. Trooper Day went to his car to retrieve his pocket mask
in order to administer rescue breaths. Upon his return, he found the
subject had responded to Officer Bunnell’s rescue breaths and was breathing
on his own. The subject was treated by Linn County Ambulance personnel and
transported for medical treatment. The subject has since recovered.
Trooper Russell R. Gibson, Troop E
On May 3, 2010, Trooper Russell R. Gibson was off duty and at home when a
man knocked on his front door. The man informed him of a traffic crash
approximately 300 yards from his residence on New Madrid County Road 824.
Trooper Gibson asked his wife to notify Troop E for assistance and then ran
to the scene. When he arrived at the scene, he observed a man lying in the
middle of the gravel road, a sport utility vehicle partially submerged in a
pond, and another man face down in the pond. Trooper Gibson recognized one
of the men was in danger of drowning, so he entered the water, rolled the
man over, and pulled him to shore. After making sure the man was breathing,
he checked on the other man. Trooper Gibson’s wife, a licensed practical
nurse, arrived and provided assistance to the two men. The two injured men
were transported by air ambulance to Saint Francis Hospital in Cape
Girardeau with serious injuries. Both gentlemen recovered fully.
Sergeant Joseph G. “Joe” Schuengel, Troop C
Trooper Jason M. Hurt, Troop C
On July 7, 2010, Sergeant Joseph G. “Joe” Schuengel was competing in a
barrel race competition at the Sullivan Saddle Club. Then-Recruit Jason M.
Hurt was also in attendance, watching his daughter compete. Both officers
saw a man fall off his horse while waiting to compete. Sergeant Schuengel
and Recruit Hurt rushed to the subject and evaluated his medical condition.
Because the man had no pulse and was not breathing, the officers began
cardiopulmonary resuscitation. When Sullivan Police Department officers
arrived, Sergeant Schuengel and Recruit Hurt learned the department had an
automated external defibrillator (AED) at the police station less than a
mile away, and requested it be brought to the scene. Once the AED was
available, Recruit Hurt delivered a shock to the unconscious man. As a
result, the man opened his eyes and took a breath. A Sullivan police
officer informed them the ambulance was 15 minutes away, but the hospital
was only a mile from them. Thus, the officers loaded the man in the back of
Recruit Hurt’s pickup. While Recruit Hurt drove the man to the hospital,
Sergeant Schuengel and two bystanders were in the bed of the pickup with
him. Once at the hospital, emergency room personnel took charge of the
patient. The man survived the incident. (Note: This award was presented
posthumously to Sergeant Schuengel. A family member accepted it. Recruit
Hurt graduated from the Academy in December 2010 and is now Trooper Hurt.)
Corporal Eric J. Keim, Troop A
Trooper David L. Johnson, Troop A
On December 2, 2010, Corporal Eric J. Keim joined a pursuit of a black,
Ford F-150 pickup truck. Information indicated the driver of the truck was
a suspect in a series of thefts in Warrensburg, Missouri, and still had
stolen property in his possession. A check of the truck’s registration
confirmed it was stolen from Blue Springs, Missouri. Corporal Keim joined
Trooper David L. Johnson, Troop A, and Johnson County Sheriff’s Department
Sergeant Mark Lenger in the pursuit on U.S. Highway 50. The pursuit lasted
approximately three miles at speeds up to 110 miles per hour. The truck was
attempting to pass vehicles on the shoulder and was driving erratically.
Just prior to the city limits of La Monte, Missouri, the truck turned into
the median crossover at Missouri Highway 127, then began traveling the
wrong direction on U.S. 50 exceeding 100 miles per hour. The truck nearly
struck a tractor-trailer head on before driving back across the median and
onto U.S. 50 going the correct direction. The driver then lost control of
the truck and it began overturning. The truck traveled off the roadway and
down an embankment where it caught fire. Corporal Keim and Trooper Johnson
immediately approached the truck and observed that the driver was injured
and not moving. Corporal Keim forced the driver’s side door open and they
pulled the driver from the vehicle. During the rescue, Deputy Lenger
deployed a fire extinguisher in an attempt to control the flames. After the
driver was moved to a safe distance, Corporal Keim returned to the vehicle
to recover some of the stolen property. He was successful in recovering
evidence which will assist in the prosecution of the case.
Trooper Karime T. “Kari” McWilliams, Troop A
On August 14, 2010, Trooper Karime T. “Kari” McWilliams was off duty and at
her family’s lake house at Lake of the Ozarks. She heard a man’s voice
screaming loudly. Looking over at her neighbor’s dock, she saw a man’s head
appear over the edge of the dock. Her neighbor was yelling for help.
Trooper McWilliams sprinted to the end of the neighbor’s dock and found him
attempting to lift an unconscious, heavy-set male out of the water and onto
the dock. Trooper McWilliams’ father also heard the call for help and came
to assist. As Trooper McWilliams and her father lifted the unconscious man
out of the water and placed him on the dock, the man regained
consciousness. Trooper McWilliams asked him a series of questions to
determine his condition. She also made sure proper medical assistance was
en route to treat him. The man recovered from the incident.
Corporal Mark G. Broniec, Troop F
Trooper Matthew E. Morice, Troop F
On April 22, 2010, Corporal Mark G. Broniec and Trooper Matthew E. Morice
were parked at the emergency vehicle crossover located on Interstate 70 at
the 166-mile marker. The troopers overheard Montgomery County
communications dispatch an ambulance to the Interstate 70 median near the
165-mile marker for a reported unconscious MoDOT worker. Corporal Broniec
and Trooper Morice responded immediately and found a man laying in the
median with his coworkers performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Corporal Broniec and Trooper Morice took over resuscitation efforts. They
performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation for approximately 10 minutes before
a passerby stopped, identified himself as a Columbia firefighter and
paramedic, and relieved Trooper Morice. Paramedics arrived on the scene and
transported the man to the hospital. The man recovered from the incident.
Trooper Brock Vogt, Troop I
On September 11, 2010, Trooper Brock A. Vogt was traveling to the
University of Missouri as part of the football detail. While driving, he
overheard radio traffic regarding a medical emergency at Big O Tires in
Rolla, Missouri. He went to the scene immediately, and found a man lying on
the floor. The man was bleeding from the back of his head, was not
breathing, and had no pulse. Trooper Vogt relieved a woman who had started
cardiopulmonary resuscitation. When emergency personnel arrived, Trooper
Vogt continued to assist them with resuscitation efforts until the man was
taken by ambulance to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla.
He was then flown by helicopter to Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis,
Missouri, for treatment. The man recovered from the incident.
Trooper Kindel C. Ward, Troop E
On March 4, 2010, Trooper Kindel C. Ward was patrolling Scott County Road
529 when he met a silver Ford Focus traveling slowly in his lane. Trooper
Ward noticed the interior light was on in the vehicle. When he met the
vehicle, he could see the female driver appeared unconscious and one of the
two young children in the vehicle was steering. Trooper Ward quickly parked
his vehicle and ran back to the Ford. He could hear a child inside yelling
for help as he approached. He was able to reach inside the driver’s window
and force the vehicle into park. He then turned his attention to the
driver, who was having a seizure. Trooper Ward removed the woman from the
vehicle and laid her on the ground. He performed a head-tilt chin-lift, but
she still did not breathe. Trooper Ward then gave two rescue breaths and
she began to breathe. He then moved her into the recovery position, made
sure she had a blanket to keep her warm, and waited for emergency medical
services to arrive. Paramedics transported the woman to Missouri Delta
Medical Center in Sikeston, Missouri, for treatment. She fully recovered
from the incident.
Corporal Greg D. Kenley, Troop E
On September 24, 2010, Corporal Greg D. Kenley was driving south on
Interstate Drive in Miner, Missouri, when he saw a Dayton Freight Lines
tractor-trailer stopped on the roadway with its flashers operating. As he
drove slowly past the truck, a man waved him down. After parking his patrol
car in a nearby driveway, Corporal Kenley approached the gentleman to see
what he needed. The two men at the truck explained that a third man, who
was a passenger in the truck, had collapsed in the passenger seat and was
not responsive. Corporal Kenley checked for breathing and a pulse, but
could not detect either. Corporal Kenley contacted Troop E and requested an
ambulance. Then, he and one of the other men removed the unresponsive man
from the truck, laid him on the road, and began administering
cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The Scott County Ambulance Service arrived
and eventually took over resuscitation efforts. They then transported him
to the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Missouri. Unfortunately,
the gentleman did not survive.
Sergeant Dale E. Knox, Q/GD
On September 2, 2010, Sergeant Dale E. Knox and his father were attending
the football game at Missouri Western University in St. Joseph, Missouri.
They were there to watch their son and grandson, who is a wide receiver.
While waiting at the entrance to the stadium, Sergeant Knox’s father
grabbed onto him and lost consciousness from an apparent heart attack.
Sergeant Knox immediately began cardiopulmonary resuscitation. An ambulance
and paramedics arrived and emergency workers successfully revived his
father, who has since recovered fully from the heart attack.
Sergeant Russell A. ‘Sammy’ Seaton, Q/GD
On July 24, 2010, Sergeant Russell A. “Sammy” Seaton was off duty and at
home. One of his neighbors contacted him to tell him another neighbor had
collapsed while mowing his lawn. Sergeant Seaton immediately called
emergency services on his cell phone as he went to the scene. He found his
neighbor unconscious, and noted the man was not breathing and did not have
a pulse. Sergeant Seaton initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation and
continued until emergency services personnel arrived. Sergeant Seaton’s
concern for his neighbor led him and his wife to travel to the hospital to
provide support for the man’s wife. Unfortunately, his neighbor did not
Meritorious Service Award
Trooper Travis N. Garton, Troop H
On November 8, 2010, Trooper Travis N. Garton was off-duty and at his
residence. His wife arrived home and informed him that she could hear
yelling and thought someone was being assaulted at the duplex across the
street. While his wife called 9-1-1, Trooper Garton walked across the
street to await the Cameron Police Department’s arrival. While waiting
outside the residence, he overheard screaming, furniture being knocked
over, and a female calling for help. Trooper Garton then walked to the
apartment, and finding the door unlocked, entered the apartment. Inside, he
found a man on top of a female using both hands to choke her. Trooper
Garton instructed the man to get off the female as he pulled him away. He
identified himself and then told the man to be seated in a chair. The
female retreated down a hallway to find her children. The man attempted to
go around Trooper Garton and began yelling obscenities at the trooper.
Trooper Garton returned the man to the chair. Still yelling obscenities,
the man attempted to go around Trooper Garton once again. Trooper Garton
then took control of the man by placing him in a lateral vascular neck
restraint. He took the man to the floor as the man lost consciousness.
Trooper Garton maintained control of the man as he regained consciousness
and became verbally abusive yet again, until the Cameron Police Department
arrived. The man was then taken into custody. The female informed officers
that the man recently had been released from jail for assault, and that she
thought he was going to kill her during this incident. The man later took
his own life while awaiting evaluation.
Meritorious Service Award
Sergeant William P. “Bill” Bremer, Troop A
On November 16, 2010, Sergeant William P. “Bill” Bremer became aware of a
vehicle pursuit by the Holden Police Department after a report of an
attempted burglary. The suspect shot at the Holden police officer’s vehicle
during the pursuit. Sergeant Bremer joined the pursuit, and quickly became
the primary pursuit officer. The suspect’s vehicle became disabled and
stopped near a residence. The suspect immediately opened his door and fired
at least one shot, striking the windshield of Sergeant Bremer’s patrol car.
Sergeant Bremer drew his service weapon and fired approximately three shots
through his front windshield while seated in his vehicle. He then notified
Troop A that shots had been fired before firing four more shots at the
suspect vehicle. Sergeant Bremer exited his vehicle and took cover as the
suspect’s vehicle began rolling toward the patrol car. Sergeant Bremer
fired again at the vehicle before retreating to the rear of his patrol car
to reload his weapon. Following a three-hour standoff, the suspect shot and
killed himself inside his vehicle. The investigation revealed bullets
struck the suspect’s vehicle approximately seven times. The remaining shots
impacted in the area where the driver appeared as he fired upon Sergeant
Bremer. The suspect, a 23-year-old man, had been released from Bates County
Jail the day before the shooting. His criminal record was lengthy and
Civilian of the Year
Senior CJIS Manager Jeffrey D. “J.D.” Reece, Q/CJISD
Senior CJIS Manager Jeffrey D. “J.D.” Reece oversees Missouri’s Sex
Offender Registry. He works diligently with the Office of Sex Offender
Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART),
the federal agency with oversight of Missouri’s Sex Offender Registration
and Notification Act (SORNA). He has been instrumental in setting state
standard operating procedures and recommending legislation needed to keep
Missouri in compliance. He serves on a state committee tasked with creating
standardized procedures for sex offender management by all Missouri law
enforcement agencies. In addition, Mr. Reece has worked to enhance
Missouri’s Sex Offender Registry website. In 2010, he was responsible for
the implementation of the Community Notification addition to the online
registry. This allows registered citizens to receive updates to registered
offender movements and information changes. This new process was a major
step toward compliance with SORNA. Mr. Reece is also the project management
lead on the implementation of the new Computerized Criminal History System
(CCHS) being designed by a company in Illinois. He has worked tirelessly to
insure the project stays within the contract and is in the best interest of
the Patrol and Missouri. He was responsible for the recently enabled online
background check system developed in addition to the Criminal History
Records System. An online background check greatly decreases the turnaround
time of criminal history requests.
Benjamin Oliver Booth Officer of the Year
Lieutenant Terry R. Moore, Troop D
Lieutenant Moore is a 34-year veteran of the Patrol. His career began in
Troop B, Macon, before taking him to the Governor’s Security Division, the
Training Division, and Troop D, Springfield. He has served as a public
information and education officer, SWAT hostage negotiator, and as chairman
of the Motor Vehicle Law Review committee.
Throughout his career, he has been associated with or developed many
projects, such as: award winning public service announcements, organizing
an Operation C.A.R.E. conference, Troop D’s aggressive driving enforcement
program, and Troop D telecommunicators’ training program. While a public
information and education officer, he developed the Community Alliance
Program, which has since become an agency-wide program. Currently,
Lieutenant Moore serves as advisor to the Coalition for Roadway Safety for
both District Eight and District Seven. His success at helping allocate
grant money for safety projects and forming cooperative relationships on
safety programs with the Missouri Department of Transportation has led to
other troops taking this approach. He has been a regular guest on two radio
stations in the Springfield area speaking about driving safety as well as
the Patrol. In 2010, Lieutenant Moore was the driving force behind the
partnership of the Patrol, Con-Way Freight, and Roush Racing to bring state
and national attention to the dangers of texting while driving. He is often
called upon by troopers and outside agencies for assistance regarding
traffic and criminal law. He uses these opportunities to strengthen
relationships and build bridges with other law enforcement agencies.
Lieutenant Moore has always been a forward thinker whose motivation has
been to improve himself and to help others improve themselves and this
Trooper Donald L. Doza, Troop F
On April 28, 2010, Trooper Donald L. Doza arrived at the scene of an injury
traffic crash on Interstate 70 at the 113-mile marker in Cooper County. A
white van pulling a camper trailer had collided with the end of a
guardrail, causing the camper trailer to jackknife and come to rest against
the white van. Trooper Doza found the driver to be an older gentleman who
was unconscious. Two Cooper County medics were on scene as well as Cooper
County Fire Chief Dave Gehm. While Trooper Doza was investigating the
crash, a bystander informed him the camper was on fire and flames were
working their way through the vehicle quickly. Chief Gehm informed Trooper
Doza the fire trucks were stuck in traffic on the way to the scene. Trooper
Doza grabbed his ASP baton and used it to break out the driver’s window. He
attempted to remove the driver without success due to the fact he was
trapped by the steering wheel and dashboard. Trooper Doza called for help,
but none came. He then broke out the front windshield in an attempt to
remove the driver. However, flames and smoke prevented him from gaining
access to the driver from that direction. Trooper Doza continued to shout
for help. Chief Gehm heard him and came to assist. As the two men worked to
free the driver, the smoke caused them to cough heavily. As gasoline pooled
under their feet and propane tanks exploded behind them, Chief Gehm told
Trooper Doza they may not be able to free the driver. In one last move,
Trooper Doza then pulled the man from the burning vehicle. With Chief
Gehm’s assistance, he moved the driver over the guardrail and into the
ditch as the camper exploded again and the van was engulfed in flames.
Trooper Doza was treated at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, for
cuts on his arms and hands, and smoke inhalation. The driver continues to