On Jan. 14 Capt. James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, presented Monroe City resident Ollie “Butch” Pennewell with a Missouri State Highway Patrol Honorary Trooper Certificate.

On Jan. 14 Capt. James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, presented Monroe City resident Ollie “Butch” Pennewell with a Missouri State Highway Patrol Honorary Trooper Certificate. The certificate was presented to Pennewell in Monroe City with his family and friends present. The Honorary Trooper Certificate is presented to citizens who are nominated by a trooper for performing in an exemplary manner, and under dangerous conditions, to aid another person, or when they unselfishly give of themselves to assist troopers in the performance of their duties.

On Nov. 13, 2018, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, along with multiple agencies and volunteers, began searching for a missing person, Raffaella M. Stroik, near the Missouri Highway 107 boat ramp at Mark Twain Lake. Stroik’s vehicle had been located abandoned in the Highway 107 boat ramp parking lot. A search for Stroik by ground, water, and air on Nov. 13, 2018, was not successful. On Nov. 14, 2018, a large contingency of emergency responders and volunteers resumed the search for Stroik. Pennewell, a private pilot, dedicated his time and private aircraft to assist with searching for Stroik. Just after the ground search began, Pennewell located what he believed to be a person floating in Mark Twain Lake, near the bank, south of the Highway 107 boat ramp. With Pennewell’s assistance, marine enforcement troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the location and recovered Stroik’s body. Pennewell acted selflessly by volunteering his time and skills. The Honorary Trooper Certificate is a way for the Patrol to express appreciation to Pennewell for his dedication to his community and helping people in need.