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Missouri Trooper Fatally Struck on Christmas Day

Missouri Trooper Fatally Struck on Christmas Day

St. Louis Post Dispatch via YellowBrix

December 25, 2009

EUREKA, Missouri. — A Christmas blast of winter weather led to dozens of stranded motorists and injuries on Friday, including the death of a state trooper who was responding to an accident.

Missouri Highway Patrolman Dennis Engelhard, 49, was on the scene of a minor accident on Interstate-44 near Eureaka when he was struck by an SUV that had lost control on the westbound section of the highway.

Engelhard, a 10-year veteran, was hit while walking to the back of his patrol car to retrieve an item from his trunk.

A spokesman for the Highway Patrol, Sgt. Al Nothum, said it’s unclear if the SUV hit a patch of ice or spun out on the slick road, but the driver’s loss of control appears to have been a result of the weather and is being treated as an accident.

Engelhard is the first Missouri trooper to die in the line of duty since Trooper Donald K. “Kevin” Floyd was killed on Sept. 22, 2005, when he was struck by a vehicle in Texas County, in south central Missouri.

According to Nothum, Engelhard was not married and had no children.


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    Sheepdog1

    about 4 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    troopermom

    over 4 years ago

    176 Comments

    a highway patrolman from my home state, just seems to hurt a bit more...however they all hurt...this family will never look at christmas the same way....rest in peace....

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    jortives1969

    over 4 years ago

    1686 Comments

    R.I.P

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    May God bless Trooper Engelhard and comfort his family during this most difficult time. Rest in peace brother.........

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    DetectiveRCampbell

    over 4 years ago

    46 Comments

    RIP...

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    OlSkoolBlu89

    over 4 years ago

    2484 Comments

    RIP thank you for your service and sacrafice

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    lgxcrunner618

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    RIP. My prayers are with your family.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    RIP! Sad news...

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    Negotiator358_CC13

    over 4 years ago

    112 Comments

    Rest in Peace Trooper Engelhard, thank you for your dedicated service.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Thanks for the decade of service to my state,brother Dennis.God bless and be with your family

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Bump Wams!!! "Enter. and "well done my good and humble servant".

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    Anch249

    over 4 years ago

    42 Comments

    God speed brother. My prayers are with the family and friends of this Trooper.

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    mmarchesi

    over 4 years ago

    2686 Comments

    Rest in Peace my Brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

    This just shows the sacrifices this family and LEO's in general make everyday. Not only was he away from his family on Christmas day, when others were home with theirs, warm and safe enjoying the Holiday; but he gave his life protecting others. A true American Hero!

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    Straightshooter

    over 4 years ago

    1708 Comments

    RIP Trooper Englehard. Our Prayers for those you left behind.

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    bsibley

    over 4 years ago

    620 Comments

    RIP Trooper Engelhard. May God Bless your family and fellow officers as they struggle with your untimely passing while knowing that you gave your all protecting others.

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