After serving five years in the U.S. Coast Guard as a helicopter flight mechanic in Alaska, Randy returned to Missouri to continue to help people by joining the Missouri State Water Patrol. Since leaving the Water Patrol academy, Randy was assigned to work the Lake of the Ozarks, where he has been for over 29 years. During his career, Randy has been recognized by the Missouri Department of Public Safety as Employee of the Month and given a meritorious service commendation, as well as several other honors. Randy has always been dedicated to serving the public in a professional manner, whether it is assisting a family after a horrible boating accident or taking an impaired boater off the water.
In 2011, when the Water Patrol was merged into the Highway Patrol, a much larger agency, Randy was very supportive of this change, thinking the public would be served better by a single, consolidated agency. However, after the tragic death of Brandon Ellingson in May 2014 and the ensuing cover-up by the Highway Patrol and others, Randy no longer feels that way. He has decided to break the blue code of silence so that Brandon's family and friends can know what really happened on that fateful day and in the investigation of Brandon's death. (Written by Anita Henry, Sgt. Henry’s wife)
Now, after nearly 30 years of being a sergeant and
serving the Lake of the Ozarks area, Sgt. Henry's position and location of his service is being unlawfully stripped from him. He has been demoted to corporeal and has been transferred to the Truman Lake area; a round trip drive of over 3 hours from his home, of nearly 30 years. Why?.... Simply because he told the truth when given an under oath deposition in regards to a cover-up within the Missouri Highway Patrol and trooper Anthony Piercy. It is a case that resulted in the death of a young man that was in the custody of trooper Piercy, and died due to the reckless and negligent actions of that trooper. Sgt. Henry should be protected under the Whistle Blower laws, but he is not! Instead, he's had to hire counsel and pay staggering attorney fees. We believe this is wrong, and are coming together to help Sgt. Henry with his legal costs. All money donated will be used strictly for the legal fees incurred by Sgt. Henry, with approximately 8% going to the fundraising website fees. If any monies remain after the legal fees are paid in full, they will be donated to the West Des Moines Community Schools Scholarship for Brandon Ellingson, a scholarship set up to honor the memory of Brandon Ellingson, the young man that died while in custody of the Missouri Water Patrol. Any donation would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!! (Written by Jodie Gratias with the assistance of Lori Ellingson Caluzzi and Leslie Chamberlin, Supporters of Missouri Sergeant Randy Henry)
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