Remembering Trooper Zachariah Templeton

Please take a moment to include Trooper Zachariah Templeton in your thoughts.

On October 11, 2007 at 4:40 p.m., Trooper Templeton and Trooper Scott Hinshaw were assisting a motorist who had lost one of two plastic farm chemical tanks he was hauling on a flatbed trailer in the median northbound on I-76, east of 96th Avenue. A Ford pickup driven by a juvenile heading northbound on I-76 approached the scene, not paying attention to traffic, and swerved to avoid hitting the slower moving vehicles in front of him. The juvenile’s maneuver placed him in the median, rear-ending the motorists trailer and striking Troopers Templeton and Hinshaw, but missing the motorist they were assisting. Both Troopers suffered serious injuries and were transported to local hospitals. Unfortunately, Trooper Templeton succumbed to his injuries on October 12, 2007.

Templeton entered the Patrol July 2003.

(Information provided by the Colorado State Patrol Alumni Association)