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2018-51: Master Trooper Goodheart to be Honored at Event on Wednesday

Posted on September 28, 2018 at 12:43 PM by Mary Jane King

NEWS  ADVISORY–  October 1, 2018 #2018-51


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

Master Trooper Goodheart to be Honored at Event on Wednesday 

On Wednesday, October 3, KHP will honor Master Trooper Dean Goodheart as a memorial highway is dedicated in his name. Master Trooper Goodheart will be honored at an event in Colby. 

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. 

Master Trooper Dean A. Goodheart
Prior to joining the Kansas Highway Patrol in 1972, Trooper Dean A. Goodheart served with the United States Army. He then joined the Patrol on November 1, 1972 and was assigned to Valley Center. In 1974, he transferred to Thomas County. He was assigned to the Patrol’s Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program in 1993. He was promoted to Master Trooper in 1994. 

Around 6:30 a.m. on September 6, 1995, Master Trooper Goodheart was performing a roadside inspection of a semi-truck on I-70 near Colby. As he conducted the inspection, he was struck by a vehicle. His injuries were immediately fatal. 

Master Trooper Goodheart’s death paved the way for the “Goodheart Law,” or Kansas’ Move Over law, which was signed by Governor Bill Graves in 2000. It was amended in 2006 to incorporate KDOT road crews and KHP motorist assist technicians. 

In honor of Master Trooper Goodheart, U.S.-83 Highway, from its junction with I-70, then north to the junction of U.S.-24 is dedicated as the Master Trooper Dean A. Goodheart Memorial Highway.  

Details:    KHP Dedicates Master Trooper Dean A. Goodheart Memorial Highway 
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
10:00 a.m.

Colby Beulah Cemetery
Colby, Kansas
(From U.S.-24, travel approximately two blocks south of US-24 on Country Club Drive. The cemetery is on the west side of the road.)

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

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