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Troopers honored for McDonald County water rescues

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri State Rep Dirk Deaton states in a release of information he had the privilege of honoring two Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers who are heroes to his district.

Sgt Corky Burr and Cpl Kotter Kasischke of Troop D are being recognized for the heroic rescue of four people in two separate incidents from flash flooding in McDonald County on March 13, 2021.

State Rep Deaton states, “I extend my appreciation to both of them for a job well done! Although very humble and believing it’s all in a day’s work, these men acted selflessly without thinking of the dangers of the situations. They are indeed two outstanding members of Missouri’s finest!

INCIDENT 1: After two days of heavy rain. Sgt Burr and Cpl Kasischke were called to a scene in which two vehicles had entered the flooded Buffalo Creek at Missouri Highway 43.

They arrived to find one occupant clinging to a tree and the other one stranded on the top of his vehicle.

The McDonald County Emergency Management Director and a volunteer firefighter launched a boat and rescued the man clinging to the tree, but then their boat’s engine failed.

The two troopers launched an inflatable boat into the swift flood waters and rescued the man on top of his vehicle before transferring the victim in the disabled boat into their craft and transporting them all to safety.

INCIDENT 2: Just a few hours later the two troopers were dispatched again and rescued two more people. A man and a teenager were clinging to a tree in swift moving water after they attempted to cross a low water bridge over the Elk River.

NOTE: Both troopers have been recognized recently in the Missouri Senate and had separate visits with Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe and Governor Mike Parson.

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