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2018-45: Troopers McMurray & Master Trooper Huff to be Honored at Events on Friday

Posted on September 12, 2018 at 3:25 PM by Mary Jane King

NEWS  ADVISORY–  September 12, 2018 #2018-45

FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE

CONTACT: Lieutenant Adam Winters, KHP PIO, (785) 296-6800

Troopers McMurray & Master Trooper Huff to be Honored at Events on Friday

On Friday, September 14, two troopers will be honored as memorial highways are dedicated in their names. Trooper John B. McMurray will be honored at an event in Manhattan, and Master Trooper Larry L. Huff will be honored at an event in Miltonvale. 

This legislative session, Senate Bill 375 was passed through the Kansas Legislature, and signed into law by Governor Jeff Colyer, designating memorial highways for the Kansas Highway Patrol’s 10 fallen troopers, and one Johnson County Sheriff’s Master Deputy. 

Trooper John B. McMurray
Trooper John B. McMurray joined the Kansas Highway Patrol on October 1, 1962 and attended Patrol school at the University of Kansas. Upon graduation, he was stationed in Manhattan.

On December 6, 1964, at 12:41 a.m., Trooper McMurray was working a speed enforcement lane on K-18 between Manhattan and Ogden with two other troopers. They were parked on the shoulder of K-18. McMurray was standing behind his car putting his camera into the trunk. A drunk driver, later found to have a Blood Alcohol Content of .168, passed the first patrol car, then swerved onto the shoulder, striking McMurray and the rear of his car. McMurray suffered severe injuries in the collision, and died of his injuries on December 9, 1964. Trooper McMurray had served the citizens of Kansas for more than two years at the time of his death.  

In honor of Trooper McMurray, the portion of K-18 Highway, from I-70 to Manhattan has been designated the “Trooper John McMurray Memorial Highway.”  Please join us for the event honoring him. There will be no graveside event, as he is buried in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Details:    KHP Dedicates Trooper John McMurray Memorial Highway 

Friday, September 14, 2018
11:00 a.m.
Manhattan Regional Airport 
5500 Skyway Drive 
Manhattan, Kansas
(Event will be in the new baggage claim and car rental area of the airport.)

There will be photo, video, and interview opportunities available. We hope you can join us for this time to honor Trooper McMurray, who made the ultimate sacrifice in his service to our state. 

Master Trooper Larry L. Huff
Master Trooper Larry L. Huff joined the Kansas Highway Patrol on September 14, 1970 and was stationed in Ulysses. He transferred to Clay Center in 1979. Huff was promoted to Master Trooper in June of 1993.

On November 3, 1993, at about 9:15 p.m., Huff was patrolling southbound on U.S. Highway 81 south of Concordia. He observed a speeder traveling northbound on U.S. 81 and began to make a U-turn to stop the violator. As Huff made the U-turn, a semi-truck that had been following him struck his patrol car. The collision seriously injured Huff, who was pinned in his vehicle. He succumbed to his injuries on November 26, 1993. Master Trooper Huff had served the citizens of Kansas for more than 23 years at the time of his death. 

In honor of Master Trooper Huff, the portion of K-15 Highway, from Clay Center to K-82 Highway has been designated the “Master Trooper Larry L. Huff Memorial Highway.”  Please join us for the event honoring him. 

Details:    KHP Dedicates Master Trooper Larry L. Huff Memorial Highway 

Friday, September 14, 2018
4:00 p.m.
Miltonvale City Cemetery
Cemetery is located on the northeast corner of 258th Road and Bell Road. 
Miltonvale, Kansas 

There will be photo, video, and interview opportunities available. We hope you can join us for this time to honor Master Trooper Huff, who made the ultimate sacrifice in his service to our state.

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