On March 7, police officer Christopher Ryan Morton was shot and killed in the line of duty while answering a 911 call in Clinton, Missouri.
Police officer Christopher Morton’s death wasn’t the first time he faced danger as part of his job. In many ways, Morton was the ideal American. Here, we’ll take a look at Morton’s life and career.
Time in the Military
In November 2005, Morton first decided to serve his country as a member of the Missouri Army National Guard, where he ended up doing two tours of duty overseas.
His first tour was in Kosovo from 2008 to 2009. A few years later, in 2013, Morton headed to Afghanistan for a year. He served as a combat engineer with the 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Kansas City as well as a bridge crew-member with the 1438th Multi-Role Bridge Company in Macon, Georgia.
The list of medals and citations that Morton racked up is incredibly impressive. Those medals include:
- Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star
- Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device
- Army Achievement Medal (Twice)
- Army Commendation Medal
- Army Good Conduct Medal
- Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
- Army Service Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Kosovo Campaign Medal
- Meritorious Unit Citation
- National Defense Service Medal
- NATO Medal (Twice)
- Overseas Service Ribbon (Twice)
After Morton left the National Guard, he went into law enforcement.
Career as a Cop
Morton joined the Clinton Police Department in 2015 in a full-time capacity. He briefly switched to reserve status in January 2017 but returned to full-time status in late September 2017 to fill in the post of Officer Gary Michael, who died during a routine traffic stop six weeks earlier.
Christopher Morton: The Person
By all accounts, Morton made an incredible impression as a soldier, as a police officer, and as a person, with social media filling up with recollections of the type of person that Morton was.
Matthew Hografe, who served overseas with Morton, wrote on Facebook that “The world has lost a great soldier and even a better person.” Jordin Ashley wrote, “It was an absolute honor to know u. He served his country and his community… thank you for your service and being an amazing human. [sic]”
Unfortunately, Morton gave his life in service of his community, the second officer to do so in Clinton in less than a year.