A candlelight vigil and memorial was held in Jefferson City, Missouri, to honor four officer killed in the line of duty – adding their names to the Law Enforcement Memorial Wall of Heroes, according to a news release from the governor’s office.
Barry County Sheriff’s Office master sergeant Carl. T. Cosper Jr. and Clinton Police Department Officer Gary L. Michael Jr. died in 2017. Village of Miramiguoa Police Department Officer Kevin M. Dziejma died in 2015, and Platte County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Edward E. Culver died in 1917.
Cosper, 56, was killed April 7, 2017, in a vehicle collision. He was en route to respond to a domestic violence call in Seligman. He served 10 years at Barry County Sherrif’s Office.
Army veteran Michael, 37, was killed Aug. 6, 2017, during a traffic stop for a registration violation. The driver exited the vehicle and opened fire with a rifle. Michael shot the gunman, who was captured two days later. Michael served at Clinton Police Department less than one year.
Dziejma, 64, was killed May 18, 2015, while conducting a traffic stop to perform warrant checks on two suspects. He collapsed from a heart attack and backup officers on scene performed CPR until EMS arrived. He was a law officer for seven years.
Culver, 60, was killed June 23, 1917, while responding to a fight at a saloon in Drydale. The suspect disarmed another deputy, and shot Culver in the chest. Culver returned fire and killed the gunman, despite being shot. He served on the Platte County Sheriff’s Office four years.
—Hanna Smith, Editorial Director