Part of Missouri highway to be named for fallen trooper

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 | 7:38 a.m. CDT; updated 10:27 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 25, 2012

LEE'S SUMMIT — A section of Interstate 29 in northwest Missouri will be dedicated to honor a state trooper who died while patrolling in the region.

Trooper Fred F. Guthrie Jr. was swept away by floodwaters last August while patrolling waters near Big Lake in Holt County. The 46-year-old Guthrie and his patrol dog, Reed, protected the region while many people were unable to return to their homes because of the flooding Missouri River. Reed also died.

Guthrie served 17 years in the patrol.

The memorial section of the highway will be between Missouri 273 near Tracy and Route E near Camden Point. It will be dedicated in a ceremony Oct. 5 at the Platte County Resource Center.

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