Deer Trail, CO – Colorado State Patrol (CSP) Trooper William “Will” Moden was killed in the line of duty on Saturday, after he was struck by a passing vehicle while working a crash scene investigation.
“We lost today,” CSP Colonel Matthew Packard said during an early-morning press conference. “Our state lost a tremendous servant and a guy who loved being a Colorado State trooper.”
The fatal collision occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m. Friday on Interstate 70 near mile marker 324, after 37-year-old Trooper Moden and his fellow law enforcement officers responded to the scene of a crash with serious injuries, Col. Packard explained.
“During the course of that investigation…another vehicle came through the area, and struck a Colorado State trooper,” he said.
Trooper Moden was not in his patrol vehicle at the time of the collision.
Other troopers immediately rushed to Trooper Moden and began rendering lifesaving aid.
He was airlifted to University of Colorado Hospital, “where a tremendous staff worked really hard to save his life,” Col. Packard said solemnly. “It absolutely breaks my heart to tell you that our trooper lost his life tonight.”
The cause of the crash that killed the veteran trooper remains under investigation.
Trooper Moden, a 12-year veteran-of-the-force, had a “smile that was only eclipsed by the size of his heart,” the colonel continued. “He lost his life serving the citizens of Colorado…doing what he loved doing."
He was “second to none” when it came to seeking out those in need of his assistance, Col. Packard said. “He loved his pursuit of trying to make a difference.”
Trooper Moden’s legacy will not be forgotten, the colonel told reporters.
“Colorado is…remarkably safer because of Will Moden…remember him as an incredible servant,” he declared. “We will miss him greatly.”
The fallen trooper was part of a large family, and “had a lot of people who loved him,” Col. Packard added.
Everyone is “devastated” and “shaken” by the sudden and tragic loss, but they are also experiencing feelings of hurt and anger, he said.
“That’s probably the biggest one right now – we are hurting,” Col. Packard noted. “We lost one of our very best…The word ‘numb’ has come up a lot tonight.”
He refused to confirm whether or not Trooper Moden has any children, but confirmed that he does leave behind his wife.
“He saw purpose in his life, not only at work, but in what he was put on this earth to do,” Col. Packard said. “He was so dedicated at going after that.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Colorado State Patrol Trooper William “Will” Moden, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.