The House has issued a resolution honoring the Highway Patrol trooper who died last year in the flood of 2011. Trooper Fred Guthrie, Junior and his dog, Reed, were apparently swept away by flood water while surveying a flooded section of Highway 111 in Holt County, August 1.
The Resolution was presented to Guthrie’s wife Teresa and his daughter Amber, who received two standing ovations from the House.
Representative Nick Marshall (R-Platte City) presented the resolution, saying Guthrie’s 17-year career was full of examples of his willingness to serve. “On June 22, 2007 during which a severe storm arose on Smithville Lake, he acted heroically in saving people on that lake. He also received the Missouri Department of Public Safety Employee of the Month in June 2007 and November 2007 as well as the Missouri State Employee of the Month in December 2007. He received the northwest Missouri Law Enforcement Award for Valor in 2007 and the Missouri Medal of Valor that same year.”
AUDIO: Hear the presentation of the resolution to Teresa and Amber Guthrie, 3:54
The House Transportation Committee has also held a hearing on a bill that would name a section of I-29 in Platte County for Trooper Guthrie. Superintendent of the Highway Patrol, Colonel Ron Replogle, told the Committee, “Certainly Trooper Guthrie was every sense of that definition a hero in his service and protection for this state.”
AUDIO: Colonel Ron Replogle talks to the Committee about Trooper Fred Guthrie, Jr, 7:00