Operating Engineers Local 148 sets up collection for Hermann officer injured in shooting


Missouri Correspondent

Operating Engineers Local 148’s Executive Board has set up a collection for Adam Sullentrup, the Hermann police officer critically injured in a shooting while on duty last week.

Sullentrup is the son of Local 148 member Kevin Sullentrup and nephew of Local 148 member Kyle Sullentrup, both of whom work for Ameren-Labadie.

On March 12, Adam Sullentrup, 31, and Hermann Police Detective Sgt. Mason Griffith, 34, tried to arrest Kenneth Lee Simpson at the Casey’s convenience store at 115 S. Highway 19. Simpson shot both officers, killing Griffith and critically injuring Sullentrup.

Sullentrup was shot in the head and the side and had surgery for damage to his spleen. As of the Labor Tribune deadline, he remains hospitalized at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis in stable condition.

Simpson, 35, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action. He is in prison without bond.

Sullentrup, who is married, joined the Hermann Police Department in December 2022 after serving as an officer for four years with the New Haven Police Department. He was riding with Griffith as a probationary officer as part of field training when he was shot.

Local 148 members who would like to contribute to the Local 148 collection for Sullentrup can contact their Chief Stewards, who will bring donations to the hall by April 12.

Others interested in donating to the collection can mail a check made payable to Operating Engineers Local 148 to Operating Engineers Local 148, 11000 Lin Valle Drive, St. Louis, Mo. 63123.

(Some information from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.)


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