A lightning strike claimed the life of Riverside Police Officer Jeff Taylor, adding to the tragedies which befell Missourians in the wake of the EF5 twister which ravaged Joplin in late May of 2011. Taylor was on the scene responding to the disaster as a part of his duties.
Aside from serving as a police officer, Jeff Taylor also trained as a fire fighter, attending the Public Safety Institute at MCC-Blue River Fire Academy in 2007. He was part of the FA-12 class. The institute is currently organizing an effort to install a plaque dedicated to Jeff’s memory.
A visitation will be held today at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, Mo. from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The funeral will immediately follow.