Pat Maroon honors fallen St. Louis officer with 'R.I.P. HERO' on his stick

A photo of the stick that Maroon used in his last a Stanley Cup Playoff game was shared by his brother on Twitter.

Sam Masterson
September 01, 2020 - 5:29 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KFTK) - St. Louis County native Pat Maroon honored a fellow graduate of Oakville High School on Monday night during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had "Tamarris Bohannon" – the name of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer who was killed on Saturday – written on the handle of his hockey stick.

It had apparently gone unnoticed until a tweet from Maroon's brother on Tuesday showed a photo of the stick, which may have been used to help score the game-winning goal that pushed the Tampa Bay Lightning onto the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

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Pat Maroon also shared a photo on Twitter saying "Got some help from officer Tamarris Bohannon last night. R.I.P to a true hero. Prayers to your beautiful wife and 3 children" 

In a message to KMOX, Phil Maroon says his brother shared the photo of his stick with another St. Louis city police officer. The officer told Maroon it's "a huge morale boost." 

Maroon, a 2019 Stanley Cup Champion with his hometown St. Louis Blues, was screening the Boston Bruins goalie on the double-overtime goal scored by Victor Hedman. 

"Tamarris Bohannon R.I.P. HERO" was written in black marker on his stick. Bohannon graduated from Oakville in 2009 and Maroon graduated in 2007. 

Bohannon, 29, had been with the St. Louis police department for 3 1/2 years. He and another officer were shot when responding to a call about a reported shooting victim in the South Grand neighborhood near Tower Grove Park. The second officer was shot in the leg, then treated at a hospital and released. 

On Tuesday, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's Office issued charges against Thomas Kinworthy, 43, of Owensville Missouri for first-degree murder in the first degree, first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, first-degree burglary, three counts of armed criminal action, resisting/interfering with arrest, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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