May Sworn Team Members of the Month

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Nolan A. Bax and Joseph Matherne
Corporal                          Agent
Missouri State Highway Patrol | Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Control

May Non-Sworn Team Member of the Month

Non-Sworn Team Member of the Month

Jeffrey Cook 
Physical Plant Supervisor
Missouri Veterans Commission

Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Nolan A. Bax and Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control Agent Joseph Matherne are the DPS Sworn Team Members of the Month for their outstanding investigative work following a quadruple fatal crash involving an intoxicated minor driving in the wrong direction.

On Jan. 3, 2022, a 19-year-old motorist driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 63, north of Columbia, crashed head-on into another vehicle, killing three people, including a 10-year-old, and sending three children to the hospital.

Nolan, of Troop F, expanded his crash investigation in an attempt to determine where the minor had purchased liquor. With seized video evidence, Nolan documented that the alcohol had allegedly been purchased by the 19-year-old the same day from a convenience store.

Beginning on Jan. 10, Joseph searched additional video from that same convenience store and obtained evidence purportedly showing multiple sales involving the deceased 19-year-old, along with evidence of other sales to minors where identification had not been checked.

Because of Nolan and Joseph’s dedicated teamwork on this complicated case, ATC was able to bring nine regulatory charges against the convenience store’s liquor license, and sought to have the license revoked. The allegations above are mere accusations and not evidence of guilt.

Jeffrey Cook, a Physical Plant Supervisor at the Missouri Veterans Commission’s St. James Home, is the DPS May 2022 Non-Sworn Employee of the Month for his outstanding work to ensure health and safety protections were maintained for veterans at the home during two water main breaks in St. James.

The water main breaks occurred in St. James on Oct. 8, 2021 and Nov. 1, 2021, affecting the Veterans Home. Each break resulted in the loss of the home’s main water supply, followed by boil orders and the loss of power. Jeff and his team quickly assessed each situation and coordinated safety efforts with the local fire departments and county emergency management teams. One of the breaks occurred after Jeffrey had already worked all day. He returned to the home and worked through the night to help create a plan and fix the issue without hesitation.

Because of his vast knowledge of the home and its safety systems, Jeffrey was able to maintain the fire suppression system and keep temperatures within the building comfortable, despite the loss of the HVAC system’s chiller tower, by strategically adjusting outside air usage based on weather conditions.

Jeffrey was also looking out for the entire community. During one of the water main breaks he directed some of the home’s maintenance team to assist St. James Municipal Utilities with the water restoration effort and provided some of his own tools to help in the effort.

Jeffrey has an outstanding work ethic and is sets and outstanding example of professionalism and dependability


The Missouri Department of Public Safety. Many Missions. One Team.