Trooper Donald K. "Kevin" Floyd -- Badge #394
Trooper Donald K. "Kevin" Floyd was killed in the line of duty today, September 22, 2005. Trooper Floyd, badge #394, was struck by a vehicle on U. S. Highway 60 in Texas County, approximately one mile east of Rt. MM, at 12:21 p.m. He was airlifted by Hammons Lifeline to St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, where he succumbed to his injuries at 1:33 p.m.
Trooper Floyd was working speed enforcement with one of the Patrol's aircraft, and had stopped an eastbound vehicle for a traffic violation. Trooper Floyd had made contact with the driver of the vehicle and had turned to return to his Patrol vehicle when he was struck by a pickup truck traveling east on U.S. 60.
Trooper Floyd was born in Houston, Missouri. He graduated from Licking High School in Licking, Missouri, in 1977. Trooper Floyd was appointed to the Patrol August 1, 1986, and was assigned to Troop G, Zone 5, Shannon County. Trooper Floyd's most current assignment was Troop G, Zone 8, Texas County.
Trooper Floyd was 45 years old at the time of his death and leaves behind a wife, a son, 19, and a daughter, 16. He is the 27th member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol to make the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting the citizens of Missouri. Trooper Floyd is the fourth member of the Patrol to die in the line of duty in 2005.
The driver of the vehicle which struck Trooper Floyd, pled guilty to a Class D felony of second-degree manslaughter. A two-year prison sentence was suspended. And he was sentenced to four years probation and 200 hours of community service, and fined $5,000.
As part of the Patrol's 75th Anniversary Celebration, employees of the Patrol have written in-depth articles about each of the officers that have been killed in the line of duty. These stories go more into the officer's life, who they were and their families, than just the circumstances of their death.