Fallen KHP troopers honored at state fair in Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON, Kan. The Kansas State Fair Thursday (Sept. 13) hosted an event honoring 10 fallen Kansas Highway Patrol troopers.

The event honoring the fallen troopers follows the passage of Bill 375 signed into law by Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer. This bill designates memorial highways for the Kansas Highway Patrol's fallen troopers and one Johnson County Sheriff's master deputy.

"We hope to see you as we honor these 10 Troopers who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our state," Colyer's office said ahead of Thursday's event..

The troopers honored include Trooper Conroy O'Brien, Trooper John McMurray, Master Trooper Larry L. Huff, Trooper Maurice Plumer, Lt. Bernard Hill, Trooper Ferdinand F. "Bud" Pribbenow, Trooper James D. Thornton, Trooper Jimmie Jacobs, Master Trooper Dean A. Goodheart and Sgt. Eldon K. Miller.

In addition to Thursday's ceremony at the state-fair grounds, over the next several weeks, Colyer's office says the KHP will be hosting events where each trooper is buried. The first event, honoring Trooper O'Brien is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday at the Abbyville Cemetery, north of Abbyville, Kan.

O'Brien was killed in 1978, fatally shot after a traffic stop.