Signs honor Missouri state trooper who died on duty

KING CITY, Mo. | A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper who died in the line of duty will be remembered in signs along a highway near his hometown.

A ceremony in King City Monday honored Cpl. Henry C. “Hank” Bruns, a 41-year-old member of Troop H who died in a 1987 crash while on patrol in Buchanan County.

The Missouri Department of Transportation placed the signs in his memory on U.S. Highway 169 south from the King City limits. Bruns and his family lived in King City for more than 16 years.

Col. James F. Keathley, the Highway Patrol's superintendent, said Bruns was the first state trooper to be stationed in King City.

Bruns was also remembered for the time he spent coaching and umpiring baseball.