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Trooper Zachariah Earl Templeton | Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Colorado State Patrol, Colorado


Zachariah Earl Templeton

Colorado State Patrol, Colorado

End of Watch: Friday, October 12, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Struck by vehicle

Incident Date: 10/11/2007

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Trooper Zachariah Templeton succumbed to injures sustained the previous day when he was struck by a vehicle.

Trooper Templeton and another trooper had stopped in the median of I-76, near 96th Avenue in Commerce City, to help a man re-load two plastic farm chemical tanks that had fallen off a trailer. As they were loading the containers, a vehicle heading east left the roadway and struck both troopers.

They were both taken to Denver Health Medical Center where Trooper Templeton succumbed to his injuries the following day. The other trooper suffered serious injuries.

The driver was sentenced to two years probation after pleading down to a charge of careless driving resulting in death.

Trooper Templeton had served with the Colorado State Patrol for four years and was assigned to the 1D Troop in Adams County. He is survived by his 3-year-old daughter.

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Zachary I think about you and I wish you were here. I know that the world would be a better place with you in it. People have never forgotten you and we never will. We love you and I pray that your daughter is doing well and that she knows what a wonderful person you were. It doesn't seem possible that it has been so long ago that you left us it only seems like yesterday. I still recall the ride along you had with me and our conversation about your Dad and your decision you had to make. You had a great big heart and a sweet personality. I loved your smile and you were always such a pleasure to work with. I spoke to your Dad the other day and I remembered how much I miss working with him too. Now I remember where you got it from. You have amazing parents. They were blessed to have you and you them. I know that God is blessed now with you by his side. Love to you my friend. Remembering you today and always.

Former Trooper Kriss A Espedal/aka Gerde
CSP/Friend Former Co-worker
May 5, 2017


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