It is with deep sorrow that the Missouri State Troopers Association grieves over the loss of Corporal Dennis Engelhard. On Christmas Day, December 25, 2009, at approximately 10:30 A.M., Corporal Engelhard was working an accident on I-44 in St. Louis County when another motorist lost control of their vehicle and struck Corporal Engelhard. Corporal Engelhard later succumbed to his injuries at an area hospital.
Unfortunately, Trooper Kevin Floyd and Corporal Jay Sampietro, the last two Missouri Troopers killed in the line of duty were also killed by motorists while they were working roadside.
With tragedies such as these, MOSTA endorsed legislation, which later passed, for the Move Over Law in Missouri. The law requires motorists to Move Over for stopped emergency vehicles, and if they can not do so safely due to other traffic, then they need to Slow Down And Proceed With Caution past the stopped emergency vehicle.
Driving is a full time job and does not take a holiday!
Please use caution when driving and watch for emergency vehicles working and trying to help those in need, because one day it could be you! Corporal Engelhard is the 28th member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol to lose their life while Serving and Protecting the citizens of Missouri.
The family requests memorials be sent to the MASTERS (Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society), 5287 Highway 67 North, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901 or Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103.
Missouri Association of State Trooper Emergency Relief Society
The Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society "The MASTERS" was formed in 1979 for the purpose of establishing an entirely voluntary benevolent fund for the financial aid of a trooper's immediate surviving family member (wife or husband) and children if he or she is killed in the line of duty. The surviving family member is paid immediately a certain sum of money to help with their unexpected short-term expenses.
Missouri 10-33 Benevolent Fund
Mission: Families of public safety workers are assisted immediately when a public safety worker loses their life in the line of duty.
Mailing address: 1101 Lakeview, Columbia, MO 65201
The Barwick/Newton National Law Enforcement Fund was established in 2004 to assist with transportation and other expenses incurred by family members of fallen officers who travel to Washington, DC to participate in National Police Week activities.
The Fund is named in memory of St. Louis Police Officer Michael Barwick and Missouri Trooper Michael Newton.Barwick/Newton National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund11785 Private Drive 8056Rolla, MO 65401(573) 308-3455www.barwicknewtonfund.org
The Backstoppers-St. Louis
Started in 1959, The BackStoppers provides needed support and financial assistance to the spouses and children of all local and county police officers, firefighters, publicly-funded paramedics and EMTs and volunteer fire protection units, who have lost their lives performing their duty.
The BackStoppers provides assistance to counties served by Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C in Missouri and Illinois State Police District 11 in Illinois.
The BackStoppers, Inc., is a non-profit association of civic-minded men and women in the St. Louis area and neighboring counties in Missouri and Illinois.The BackStoppers Inc.10411 Clayton Road, Suite A5 (Le Chateau Village)St. Louis, MO 63131314.692.0200314.692.0204 faxwww.BackStoppers.org