Fallen trooper to be memorialized in Frisco
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SUMMIT COUNTY ” On the northwest corner of the Colorado State Patrol’s new building in the County Commons, a small cement platform sits empty.
On Saturday, the space will be filled with a five-foot granite memorial dedicated to Trooper Jason Manspeaker, who was killed in a car accident while on duty more than five years ago.
Manspeaker, 25, was stationed with Troop 6B in Frisco at the time of his death on Jan. 23, 2001.
He was killed when he lost control of his patrol vehicle and slid into a heavy-equipment trailer parked at the off-ramp to Loveland Ski Area on the east side of the Eisenhower Tunnel.
At the time, Manspeaker was pursuing a van similar to one thought to be driven by two Texas prison escapees.
Manspeaker, who hailed from the Montrose area and attended college in Grand Junction, had been with Colorado State Patrol for a year-and-a-half at the time of his death.
The memorial in his honor has been resting at the Colorado State Patrol Academy in Golden since 2002, when it was donated by the state of Texas because Manspeaker was chasing fugitives from Texas when he crashed.
The plan was always for the memorial to be moved to Frisco when the new building was completed, said Troop 6B Capt. Ron Prater.
“It’s been in the design all along, even in the original design of the building,” Prater said.
Prater said the that having the memorial permanently placed in Frisco is very special to the troop.
“We’re just glad to have it where it belongs, in Summit County where Jason was assigned and where he worked,” Prater said. “We feel like it’s really coming home in a sense.”
The memorial dedication will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the CSP building in the County Commons just south of Frisco.
Executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety and former Summit County Sheriff Joe Morales will be on hand to speak, as well as CSP Chief Col. Mark Trostel.
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