Slain trooper honored by military


Trooper Gene DeMuth was killed while trying to stop a robbery and kidnapping suspect in a police chase.

Investigators say DeMuth was putting out stop sticks last September on U.S. Highway 64 to flatten a robbery and kidnapping suspect's tires. Instead, the car hit and killed him.

Now, he has a special honor from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which is an organization of combat wounded veterans. The military also thanked DeMuth's wife for her sacrifice as well.

"He was very selfless when it came to his job and he did it with pride and honor every day," said the trooper's widow, Michelle DeMuth. "It truly is an honor that people still want to honor him and what he's done to keep his memory alive."

DeMuth is also survived by his son, mother, sister and brother.

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