The upcoming annual 9/11 remembrance at the Lake Area Emergency Services Memorial will include a presentation to the family of a local deputy who died in the line of duty this year.

The upcoming annual 9/11 remembrance at the Lake Area Emergency Services Memorial will include a presentation to the family of a local deputy who died in the line of duty this year.

On September 11, 2018, Lake Area Emergency Services will conduct a memorial service 6 p.m. at the Lake Area Memorial. A special presentation will be made at that time to the family of Miller County Deputy Casey Shoemate who died in a car accident on Friday April 20, 2018, while responding to a fire.

Killed at the age of 26, Shoemate had served with the Miller County Sheriff’s Office since October 3, 2017, but he began his service to the community through law enforcement in 2013 after graduating from the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Training Academy. Following his graduation, he had worked for the Eldon and Versailles police departments.

A flag that has flown over the Lake Area Memorial will be presented to his family. Deputy Shoemate’s name is also being added to the Memorial Wall. The Lake Area Emergency Service Memorial was a gift from Eagle Scout Christian Gonnella who made this his Eagle Scout Project.

The memorial was dedicated in a ceremony on September 11, 2016, intended to act as a lasting reminder of the sacrifices and dedication of police, fire and EMS in the Lake of the Ozarks region. The memorial lists those lost in the line of duty and those whose deaths, while not in the line of duty, can be tied directly to their service.

Donations are being accepted for upkeep and improvements to the memorial. Engraved bricks can be purchased to be placed into the patio in front of the wall. For more information contact the Osage Beach Fire Protection District at 573-348-1221. The Lake Area Emergency Service Memorial is located 1170 Bluff Drive, Osage Beach, MO 65065, at Osage Beach Fire Station 1.