It is with a heavy heart I sadly announce the death of Trooper James M. Bava, badge 162, as a result of a traffic crash this morning in Audrain County. The crash occurred on Route FF as he was attempting to initiate a traffic stop. Today, as well as the days, weeks, and months ahead please continue to remember Trooper Bava’s family, friends, and the law enforcement community in your thoughts and prayers. Trooper Bava made the ultimate sacrifice in the service to the people of Missouri. Let us always remember and honor the memory of this courageous trooper.
Appointed to the Missouri State Highway Patrol on July 1, 2013, Trooper Bava was member of the Patrol’s 97th Recruit Class. He is the thirty-first member of the Patrol to lose his life in the line of duty.
Trooper Bava is survived by his parents, two sisters, a brother, and one, half sister.