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Hero Down: Independence Police Department Sgt. Terry Dorman Dies After Medical Emergency

Independence, MO – Independence Police Department (IPD) Sergeant Terry Dorman died on Sept. 24 after suffering a medical emergency.

The 55-year-old sergeant was at a relative’s home, helping them with their lawn, when the medical issue struck, the IPD said in a press release.

Sgt. Dorman was unresponsive when he was found and was immediately rushed to a local hospital, where he passed away with his wife and sister-in-law by his side, according to his obituary.

His exact cause of death was not immediately released.

The IPD announced the longtime sergeant’s tragic passing later that day.

“We are extremely saddened to notify the public of a sudden and tremendous loss to our police family,” the department said. “Sgt. Dorman had a larger than life personality and loved the Independence Police Department. He presence will be truly missed.”

Sgt. Dorman graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice prior to joining the IPD 31 years ago, according to his obituary.

He served as a patrol officer and as a detective before eventually being promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Sgt. Dorman also spent 29 years working as a Metropolitan Community College-Blue River Police Academy instructor.

He received more than 30 letters of commendation, multiple special unit citations, and was named IPD Officer of the Month two times during his three decades of service, according to the IPD.

“Terry served his city faithfully until his last days,” his obituary read. “His love for his career was shown every day of his life… He touched the lives of countless people wherever he went throughout his short 55 years.”

Sgt. Dorman leaves behind his wife of nearly 30 years, Jaqueline, as well as his three children and their spouses.

He is also survived by his sisters, in-laws, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins.

“Please keep Sgt. Dorman’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as we begin to pay our respects and honor a great man and a great life of service,” the IPD said.

Sgt. Dorman was laid to rest on Sept. 29.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Independence Police Department Sergeant Terry Dorman, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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