Type of Officer: Park Ranger
Jurisdiction: Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
County: Riley
Death Date: 6/26/2010
Added to Memorial: 2011
Circumstances of Death: Vehicle accident
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Ranger Luke D. Nihart was killed when his all-terrain vehicle went out of control and crashed as he was working an event at Tuttle Creek State Park on June 26, 2010. Park Ranger Nihart began his services with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks after graduating from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in December 2000. Luke was awarded the KDWP Award of Valor in 2005 and the Kansas Recreation and Parks Service Award in 2003 and 2004. Park Ranger Nihart was 32 years old at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Keri Lynn, children Hunter and Brooke, and other loving family members.