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Trooper Ralph C. Tatoian | Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

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Ralph C. Tatoian

Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 9 years, 6 months

Badge # 1140

Cause: Automobile crash

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Trooper Ralph Tatoian was killed when his patrol car struck the back of a truck on I-44, west of St. Louis, Missouri, at approximately 0430 hours.

The trooper was responding to search for a person suspected of shooting a sheriff's deputy in Gasconade County. Trooper Tatoian's patrol car slammed into the back of the tractor trailer, which was pulled partially off of the highway to assist with a previous accident.

The suspect who had shot the sheriff's deputy was convicted of second degree murder in connection with Trooper Tatoian's death.

Trooper Tatoian had served with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for 9.5 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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The anguish of your heart finds echo in my own.
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Nor bear with you the burden of your pain;
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The strength of caring,
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The silent storm-swept barrenness of so great a loss,
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-Howard Thurman in Meditations of the Heart

Thinking of all of you today as always.

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