Running recruits hit the pavement to keep memory of fallen trooper alive

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- It was just another night on the job for Corporal Michael Webster. He pulled over a car for a license violation and was hit by a drunk driver as he was standing on the shoulder of the highway.

Even though he's gone, a new batch of recruits are making sure he's not forgotten through an honor run.

"On October 2nd, 1993 Corporal Michael Webster left his family, put on the uniform and never came home," one runner said.

"We're here tonight to honor his memory," another yelled.

Three miles were ahead of them. With each step that hit the pavement, Corporal Webster wasn't far behind. A lot of them never met him, but say they know him well.

"We fight for him and his family," recruit Stephen Lawton said.

Corporal Webster left behind his then six-year-old daughter, a 20-month-old son and his wife Kathey.

"Seeing those guys run up knowing it was in my husbands honor, it was pretty amazing," Kathey Webster said.

Twenty-one years have passed since Corporal Webster's life was taken, but his spirit and passion for the job is being passed down and are within each of the recruits.

"We wanna prevent this from happening again, get the awareness out, that's what we're here for. Do it for his family," Lawton said.

They handed Kathey a plaque engraved in his memory.

"My children and I really appreciate this," Kathey said.

With that, they were off again, hitting the pavement for a mentor in the clouds. In honor of the patrols 75th anniversary, employees have written articles about each of the officers killed in a line of duty.

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