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Officer Struck By MO Tornado's Lightening Dies

Officer Struck By MO Tornado's Lightening Dies

Kansas City Star via YellowBrix

June 03, 2011

RIVERSIDE, MO – The Riverside police officer struck by lightning while helping with the Joplin tornado died this morning at a Springfield hospital.

Jefferson “Jeff” Taylor, who volunteered to go to Joplin, was 31 years old. He is the first Riverside officer ever to die in the line of duty.

“We are heartbroken,” Riverside Police Chief Greg Mills said today in a statement. “Our department, our community and law enforcement as a whole have lost a dedicated professional doing what he did best — helping those who were in need. The fragility of life gives way to the enduring spirit Jeff showed to us all. Our department will never be the same.”

Taylor was one of a dozen emergency responders from Riverside to rush to Joplin after the tornado hit May 22.

The following day, as thunderstorms moved through the area, lighting struck the ground near where he was working.

Public safety officers performed CPR and stabilized him at the scene. Taylor later underwent successful skin graft surgery and was being treated for other complications when he died at 9:25 a.m. at St. John’s Hospital.

Family members were at his side.

Riverside police officials say Taylor joined the department in 2005 and held the rank of master patrolman. He was the department’s Officer of the Year in 2008.


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    revCCBeasley

    about 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP, God be with the Family as they deal with a tragetic lost.

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    paidnfull

    about 3 years ago

    16 Comments

    A sad thing when someone who gives themselves to public service in any capacity to help others and be taken away by an act of nature is just hard to accept.

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    batman2944

    about 3 years ago

    738 Comments

    REST In Peace Officer Taylor, and God Bless!

    "Train for the Fight"

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    SpencerStangz

    about 3 years ago

    422 Comments

    Pray for his family. Rest in Peace

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    BeachAngel

    about 3 years ago

    5888 Comments

    Very sad, Thank you for all your hard work & dedicated service. RIP Officer Taylor

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    WACollector

    about 3 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother.

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    DDemlong

    about 3 years ago

    2238 Comments

    Very sad, RIP

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    ladynblue2

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    so sad thank you for all you have done

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    kpd980

    about 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Taylor. Sending a prayer to the Taylor family.

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    kostecki

    about 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    Rest in peace brother ...... job well done!

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    SOARTMAR

    about 3 years ago

    444 Comments

    Rest In Peace Brother

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    vegas94

    about 3 years ago

    90 Comments

    Rest in peace Ofificer Taylor, thoughts and prays are with Ofiicer Taylor's department, friends and family

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    motor141

    about 3 years ago

    54 Comments

    Rip Brother...a job well done.

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    aussie4

    about 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    God Bless Leo Taylor and his famiy.

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    hnyangl

    about 3 years ago

    610 Comments

    REP Officer Taylor. Thoughts and prayers with the family friends and community.

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