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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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    homicide06042000

    over 4 years ago

    138 Comments

    Rest in peace brother.

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    RKEENAN

    over 4 years ago

    572 Comments

    'ALL GIVE SOME....SOME GIVE ALL"

    R I P Trooper Engelhard.

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    brn57

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    R.I.P Sir

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    T_9

    over 4 years ago

    5668 Comments

    God Bless you sir for your service and sacrifice. May He continue to give strength to your family friends and department. Rest in Peace sir!

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    servingproud

    over 4 years ago

    4654 Comments

    RIP Brother Engelhard.

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    RoyalVT

    over 4 years ago

    604 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    rvmilton

    over 4 years ago

    680 Comments

    Rest In Peace Brother, thought and prayers for your family.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Rest my brother. We have the watch. Trooper Donald K. "Kevin" Floyd was a very good friend of mine. We grew up across the street from one another. This hits very close to home.

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    badboz

    over 4 years ago

    148 Comments

    RIP

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    Inxorte

    over 4 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIPB

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    propbraker

    over 4 years ago

    894 Comments

    God Bless you Sir, and we thank you for your service. R.I.P Sir.

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    aussie4

    over 4 years ago

    5328 Comments

    Instead of being inside, safe and warm Leo Engelhard was out in the freezing weather helping others. God Bless him and his family.

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    commando31642

    over 4 years ago

    1148 Comments

    R.I.P Brother

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    hbg522

    over 4 years ago

    7006 Comments

    R.I.P. Trooper Engelhard

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    NYPDALT

    over 4 years ago

    3130 Comments

    RIP Trooper. May God Bless his family.

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