September Sworn Team Members of the Month

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Walter “Corky” Burr and Kotter Kasischke
Sergeant                          Corporal
Missouri State Highway Patrol

September Non-Sworn Team Member of the Month

Non-Sworn Team Member of the Month

Jessica Robinson 
Certified Nursing Assistant
Missouri Veterans Commission

Sergeant Walter “Corky” Burr and Corporal Kotter Kasischke, of Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D, are the September 2021 DPS Sworn Team Members of the Month for their courageous rescues of four people from dangerous flood water in McDonald County in southwest Missouri.

Following two days of heavy rain, the Marine Operations troopers were called out at 6:19 a.m. on March 13, 2021. Two vehicles had entered flooded Buffalo Creek at Missouri Highway 43 and the two occupants were caught in the flood water.

One victim was clinging to a tree, the other was stranded on top of his vehicle. The McDonald County emergency management director and a volunteer firefighter launched a boat and rescued the man clinging to the tree, but their boat’s engine then failed.

Corky and Kotter launched an inflatable boat into the swift flood water and first rescued the man on top of his vehicle. They then transferred the victim in the disabled boat into their craft and transported the man to safety on shore. Corky and Kotter then went back and used their inflatable boat to push the director's boat to where it could be secured to a tree. They then winched that boat out of the river and onto its trailer.

Shortly after, Corky and Kotter were dispatched again and rescued two more people. A man and a teenager were clinging to a tree in swift moving water after they attempted to cross a low water bridge over the Elk River.

Swift water rescues are inherently dangerous. In a matter of just a few hours, Corky and Kotter worked as team to bravely rescue four people during treacherous conditions.

Jessica Robinson, of the Missouri Veterans Home – Mexico, is the DPS September 2021 Non-Sworn Team Member of the Month. She has served as a Support Care Assistant in the Mexico home for almost six years.

Jessica worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the Mexico home’s COVID-19 Unit for the majority of the time it was in operation. Health care workers across the nation have discussed the tremendous stress and strain that working in COVID-19 units can bring. Despite the pressure, Jessica never wavered in her commitment to care for the home’s veterans. She continued to brighten the lives of veterans and other team members, no matter how difficult the day might be.

Jessica and her team dressed up during Christmas and brought holiday cheer to the veterans in the isolation unit by making gingerbread houses and decorating their personal protective equipment. The smiles and laughter Jessica brought during a dark time have shown her commitment to living the MVC mission. Jessica is emblematic of the Missouri Veterans Commission’s core values of integrity, putting service before self and striving for excellence in all that they do.

 

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