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Master Patrolman Jefferson Taylor | Riverside Police Division, Missouri Riverside Police Division, Missouri

Master Patrolman

Jefferson Taylor

Riverside Police Division, Missouri

End of Watch: Friday, June 3, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 145

Cause: Weather/Natural disaster

Incident Date: 5/23/2011

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Master Patrolman Jeff Taylor succumbed to injuries sustained on May 23, 2011, while assisting with tornado disaster response efforts in Joplin, Missouri.

Patrolman Taylor had just returned to a command post on a department ATV to drop off another first responder when a bolt of lightning struck next to where he was standing. Other public safety officers on the scene immediately began CPR and stabilized him for transport to the hospital.

He was transferred to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, where he remained until succumbing to his injuries on June 3, 2011.

Patrolman Taylor had served with the Riverside Police Division for six years and had previously served with the Webb City Police Department and Platte County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his two children.

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As we approach the fifth anniversary of his death please take a moment to remember Jeff and keep his family in your prayers. We will be forever grateful for his service to our city after the tornado and his sacrifice.
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Major Sloan Rowland
Joplin Police Department
April 22, 2016

 

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