JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri State Rep. Dirk Deaton 159th states that Wednesday, “was a great day in Jefferson City. Governor Parson signed Senate Bill 520 into law. I was able to amend it in the House to designate State Highway 43 from State Highway U continuing to State Highway C in Newton County as: Firefighter Tyler H Casey Memorial Highway“.
DEATON WRITES… “Following in his stepfather’s footsteps‚ Tyler became a volunteer firefighter and trained storm spotter with the Seneca Area Fire Protection District. On the evening of Saturday, May 10‚ 2008‚ a county-wide call went out for storm spotters to mobilize for severe weather and possible tornadoes. Firefighter Casey responded to the dispatch and was assigned by the incident commander to a post near the intersection of Highway 43 and Iris Road.
While at the intersection, his assigned spot, he left his vehicle to alert a family that was parked on the side of the road watching the weather condition and it was at this exact time‚ the tornado headed straight for them. The family managed to escape‚ but Tyler was caught in the path of the oncoming tornado as it struck. He sustained serious injuries, had to be extricated from his vehicle, was rushed to Freeman Hospital in Joplin, MO; but, sadly, on Monday, May 12, 2008, Tyler succumbed to his injuries.
Tyler Casey became a firefighter hero that day as he is credited with saving the lives of at least three people before he was injured. He sacrificed his life so that others would live.”
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LIVE! SENECA FIREFIGHTER HONORED: Gov. Parson designates portion of MO-43: Firefighter Tyler H Casey Memorial Highway >> BIT.ly/3B2LXjT (…+) State Rep. Dirk Deaton amended SB 520 to include the honor and the Casey Family was on-hand for the ceremonial signing in Jefferson City Wednesday.Posted by Joplin News First on Thursday, July 15, 2021