Sergeant Jason H. Glendenning, Troop I and Trooper Tyler G. Zimmerman, Troop I were among honorees

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri-  Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like to recognize the 21 employees honored at the Patrol’s annual awards and The MASTERS banquet this past weekend. Family, friends, and members of The MASTERS (Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society) gathered at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MO. The Troop A Color Guard presented the colors. Mr. Alex J. Armstrong, son of Trooper Andrew A. Armstrong, sang the national anthem. Father John Patrick Day, C.P., of Wood River, IL, gave the invocation and benediction. Col. Karsten provided the keynote address. Col. Karsten presented the Patrol awards; President of The MASTERS retired Colonel Fred M. Mills presented The MASTERS Public Service Award. Those honored included members form Troop headquartered in Rolla.

Meritorious Service Award: Trooper Grant A. Ayres of Troop I

On May 18, 2016, Trooper Grant A. Ayres, Troop I, was at the intersection of Christland Drive and South Service Road in Crawford County when he observed a pickup that did not have a front license plate. Thus, Trooper Ayres initiated a traffic stop. During his initial contact with the driver, he observed a container of small caliber ammunition in the center console. When he asked the man to accompany him back to his patrol car, the driver accelerated. In the pursuit that followed, the man threw contraband out the window, then pulled into a church parking lot where he spun his vehicle around and accelerated past Trooper Ayres, almost striking the patrol car. The driver then drove a short distance before traveling through a local business’ parking lot where his vehicle exited the rear of the lot down a steep embankment into a grassy area. The driver exited his vehicle and fled. Trooper Ayres stopped his patrol vehicle and continued the pursuit on foot. The fleeing subject ran through a gate into what was later learned was his own backyard. When he turned around and crouched down, Trooper Ayres saw a silver handgun in the man’s right hand. The trooper stopped 10 yards from the subject and drew his service weapon. He then began giving loud commands for the subject to drop his weapon and show his hands. The man stood and took two steps toward Trooper Ayres with the weapon still in his hand. Fearing for his own safety, Trooper Ayres then fired one round at the subject. Trooper Ayres provided first aid until emergency medical personnel arrived. The subject died later at a local hospital.

Sergeant Jason H. Glendenning, Troop I
Trooper Tyler G. Zimmerman, Troop I

Sergeant Jason H. Glendenning and Trooper Tyler G. Zimmerman, both Troop I, were honored for their proactive approach serving and protecting the public. On July 16, 2016, the two troopers decided to search for trouble spots on the Niangua River after recent flooding. During their search, they located a large tree creating a strainer and began to address the problem. Before they could complete the task, they were called upon to rescue a total of 11 people caught in this natural phenomenon as they floated down the river. The two troopers then moved up river and stopped others from floating into this dangerous area. Sergeant Glendenning and Trooper Zimmerman subsequently made arrangements to have the tree removed from the river.


Meritorious Service Award: Sergeant Jason H. Glendenning and Trooper Tyler G. Zimmerman, both of Troop