Governor Mike Parson met with Kansas City police officers Mike Delaney, Matthew “Buck” Williams, and Brent Cartwright, who were shot and wounded in the line of duty on July 15. Though coming under heavy fire, thankfully all three officers will overcome their injuries.
“Missouri’s public safety officers and first responders courageously and selflessly take on tremendous risks each time they answer a call,” said Governor Parson. “Each time they respond, they are quietly reaffirming their solemn commitment to risk their own lives to protect others. For this, they deserve our thanks, and continued prayers and support.”
Since the incident in Kansas City, there have been multiple incidents where Missouri public safety officers and agencies have honored that commitment as they have faced the more excruciating part of their profession.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper was shot twice in Wright County investigating a suspicious vehicle. The next day, a Poplar Bluff Police Officer and a U.S. Marshals Task Force Officer were struck by gunfire after attempting an arrest. All three officers are expected to recover.
On July 18, a St. Charles Fire Department Captain suffered serious burns from an explosion while trying to extinguish a burning truck. Though hospitalized, he will have a long road of recovery.
Last Thursday and throughout the weekend, emergency responders, firefighters, and law enforcement officers responded to the Table Rock Lake tragedy and have worked tirelessly to save survivors, recover the missing, and assist in the investigation. Among the departments that have served during this crucial time are the Stone County Sheriff’s Department, Taney County Sheriff’s Department, Christian County Sheriff’s Department, Branson Police Department, Branson Fire Department, Southern Stone County Fire Department, Western Taney County Fire Department, Taney County Ambulance District, and Mercy Ambulance Service.
“It has been a difficult last few weeks for Missouri and those affected by these incidents,” said Governor Parson. “As we begin to heal, we need to remember the courageous men and women who dedicate their lives to keep us safe from harm.