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2018-50: Trooper Jacobs to be Honored at Event on Tuesday

Posted on September 28, 2018 at 12:38 PM by Mary Jane King

NEWS  ADVISORY–  September 28, 2018 #2018-50


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

Trooper Jacobs to be Honored at Event on Tuesday 

On Tuesday, October 2, KHP will honor Trooper Jimmie Jacobs as a memorial highway is dedicated in his name. Trooper Jacobs will be honored at an event in Liberal. 

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 Jimmie D. Jacobs  
Prior to joining the Kansas Highway Patrol in 1956, Trooper Jimmie Jacobs served with the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He began his career with the Patrol on July 16, 1956. He was first stationed in Wellington, then in 1959, transferred to El Dorado. 

On October 6, 1959, Trooper Jacobs was on an emergency run, transporting blood needed for an immediate surgery in Eureka. He had picked up the blood from a trooper at the El Dorado Turnpike gate and was rushing east on U.S. 54 to relay the blood to a Greenwood County Sheriff’s deputy. Approximately seven miles east of El Dorado, he passed a semi-truck, and was beginning to pass a 1-1/2 ton grain truck, when it turned left in front of his patrol car. Trooper Jacobs struck the truck, entered the ditch, and struck a telephone pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The blood he was relaying was recovered from the wrecked patrol car and taken to the hospital. The physician later credited Trooper Jacobs and the Patrol for playing a major role in saving his patient. 

In honor of Trooper Jacobs, U.S.-54 Highway, from the western city limits of the city of Meade, then west to the eastern city limits of the city of Plains, has been designated as the Trooper Jimmie Jacobs Memorial Highway.  

Details:    KHP Dedicates Trooper Jimmie Jacobs Memorial Highway 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
10:00 a.m.

Liberal Cemetery
1900 W. 15th St.
Liberal, Kansas

(Cemetery is located along the western edge of Liberal. Take W 15th Street from N Western Avenue. The cemetery is located on the northwest corner of W 15th Street and N Countryside Drive.)

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

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