Corporal Theodore Joseph "Ted" Foss

Corporal Theodore Joseph "Ted" Foss

Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota

End of Watch Thursday, August 31, 2000

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Theodore Joseph "Ted" Foss

Corporal Ted Foss was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer while conducting a traffic stop on I-90 one mile west of the Lewiston exit.

The truck driver was subsequently charged with eight misdemeanor counts, including reckless and inattentive driving.

Corporal Foss had served with the Minnesota State Patrol for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, who served with the Winona Police Department, a 2-year-old daughter, and a 5-year-old son.

The section of roadway where Corporal Foss was struck was renamed the State Trooper Theodore 'Ted' Foss Memorial Highway. Shortly thereafter, the Minnesota Legislature passed the Ted Foss Move Over Law, which requires vehicles to move to the middle or far lane when passing an emergency or construction vehicle stopped on the roadway.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 27

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

traffic stop

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On Monday May 15, 2023, I was given the honor to stand guard at the Minnesota Peace Officer Memorial, toll the bell, and recognize Corporal Foss. The memory of Corporal Foss lives on by saving countless lives of first responders. His sacrifice will not be forgotten.

To the family of Corporal Foss, my sincere condolences. I pray you can find comfort in knowing the legacy and impact your husband/father/son has had on law enforcement families in Minnesota.

Commander Jonathan Wetternach
Maple Grove Police Department

May 16, 2023

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