William Moden promoted to ‘master trooper’ during funeral service

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. -- Hundreds gathered at Denver First Church in Cherry Hills Village on Friday to honor a Colorado state trooper remembered for his love of his job and life.

Colorado State Patrol trooper William Moden, 37, died after being hit by a vehicle while investigating a serious crash on Interstate 70 on June 14.

At a packed memorial service for Moden, patrol chief Col. Matthew Packard said the 12-year veteran had a great ability to connect with others through humor and kindness.

"He dedicated his life to saving the lives of others. Without question, he fulfilled his mission," Packard said.

Packard announced that Moden had been posthumously promoted to master trooper.

Additionally, Packard announced through advanced scientific fertility treatments, a child is still possible for Moden and his wife Amy to have a child one day.

"A little girl will continue to shine in Will's light -- a little girl in her earliest stages waiting for the right time to grow with Amy," Packard said.

Moden is the second trooper to be killed this year along a Colorado highway.

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