KHP names two honorary troopers for their actions in fatal March crash


Two citizens were named Honorary Troopers by the Kansas Highway Patrol on Thursday for their response to a fatal crash that killed a KHP Motorist Assist Technician in March. 

Jeremy Menges of Park City and John Werner of Wichita were honored for their actions. Ricardo Torres was killed in the crash. 

According to the KHP, Werner arrived to the scene of the crash where he found Torres’ vehicle which had caught fire. Torres was unresponsive inside the truck when Werner grabbed a fire extinguisher and worked to put out the fire. 

Menges then arrived to the scene and worked to remove Torres from the vehicle as it was burning. Menges was able to free Torres from the truck with the help of a paramedic.

Menges then attempted life-saving measures on Torres until other first responders arrived to the scene. 

“These two brave men are commended for the assistance they provided to a member of this agency. Their heroic actions came at great personal risk, and each of them is an extraordinary example to the citizens of Kansas,” said Colonel Mark Bruce, Superintendent of the Patrol.


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