Master Patrolman Jefferson Taylor

Master Patrolman Jefferson Taylor

Riverside Police Division, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, June 3, 2011

Jefferson Taylor

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.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 145

Incident Details

  • Cause Weather/Natural disaster
  • Incident Date Monday, May 23, 2011

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Though I never knew you personally, your sacrifice in the face of tragedy has impacted my life and career greatly. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Senior Officer M. Coil
U.S. Department of Justice
Bureau of Prisons
USP Leavenworth

June 19, 2018

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