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The Georgia Department of Public Safety is participating in the 2016 Toys for Tots campaign. This is the eighth year state troopers and officers with Capitol Police and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division have joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve to collect toys for less fortunate children during the holiday season. Last year, the agency collected approximately 42,587 toys and $89,979 in monetary donations for Toys for Tots or similar charities. Collection boxes have been placed at DPS locations across the state. Donated toys should be new and unwrapped, and may be dropped off at Georgia State Patrol posts between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Additional collection sites are in the lobby at the Georgia Department of Public Safety Headquarters at 959 East Confederate Avenue in Atlanta and the Capitol Police Services office at 180 Central Avenue near the Georgia State Capitol. All donations will stay in the county in which the donation was received, allowing donations to benefit children in the local community. “The Department is honored to continue our tradition of partnering with the Marine Corps and Toys for Tots," Colonel Mark McDonough, commissioner for the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said. "Helping children and families in need have a safe and happy holiday is just another way for us to give back to the community." Additionally, he said child safety seat checks are being incorporated into toy collection drives on certain days in the local communities. For a complete list of Georgia State Patrol posts and addresses, visit the Georgia Department of Public Safety website.
The 55 members of the Virginia State Police Academy are taking a stand – literally- against hunger in local communities across the nation. On Monday (Nov. 20), the 125th Basic Session took their food drive to the next level by producing a “mannequin challenge” video at the state police Academy in North Chesterfield County. The trooper-trainees were already purchasing food to donate to local food banks and churches within the Blackstone, Va., and Metro-Richmond communities in time for Thanksgiving, when they came up with the idea to go global. With the help of Virginia State Police Superintendent, Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, and Academy staff, the 125th Basic Session has issued a “food drive mannequin challenge” to Tennessee Highway Patrol Academy Class #1216 and Michigan State Police 131st and 132nd Trooper Recruit Classes. “Since our jobs as troopers are not only to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth, but also to be community caretakers, we decided to ‘pay it forward’ by helping our communities by providing them with all the trimmings of a full Thanksgiving meal,” said Virginia State Police 125th Basic Session President, Trooper-Trainee T.C. Fairburn. “So with the current trend of mannequin challenges, our class thought producing our own video would be a fun and productive way to get the word out there to truly help others in need. Hopefully this idea will go viral with state police and highway patrol academy classes, nationwide, taking the challenge and helping give back this holiday season to the very communities we will serve and protect once we graduate from our respective academies.” This is the first time the Virginia State Police has ever produced a video “challenge.” The VSP mannequin challenge is 2 minutes and 42 seconds long, and available on the VSP YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/6KACfdUixWk. The 125th Basic Session began their 29-week Academy in August 2016 and graduate in March 2017.
These pictures were taken in an area of Gatlinburg, TN. where the flames prevented emergency vehicles from entering. Troopers walked into these areas that were surrounded by fire to evacuate those who were trapped. As you see a trooper carried an injured person out to safety. Please be safe.
Trooper Frankie Williams was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a vehicle on Route 55, near milepost 22, in Millville. He was responding to a call for service when the other vehicle crossed the grass median of the highway and collided with his patrol car. He was flown to Cooper University Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The subject in the vehicle that struck his patrol car was also killed. Trooper Williams had served with the New Jersey State Police for only 11 months.
A State Trooper and his intern helped deliver a baby girl on the side of the road. The baby was born on Spruce Avenue south of M-82 in Newaygo County on Sunday. Trooper Owen McGuigan was on patrol with a college student interested in law enforcement when they were dispatched to look for a Jeep that was on the side of the road. State police were told by Central Dispatch that an occupant in the Jeep was having a medical emergency, but due to a language barrier, Dispatch did not know what the emergency was. Within minutes, Trooper McGuigan was in the area and found the vehicle on the shoulder of the road. Trooper McGuigan quickly learned that the passenger, a 41-year-old Grant woman, was in labor. Things escalated quickly. We're told eight minutes after the initial dispatch call, Trooper McGuigan was holding a newborn baby in his hands. Trooper McGuigan barely had time to call for an ambulance and put his gloves on when a healthy baby girl was delivered on the side of the road. Trooper McGuigan and his intern were able to deliver the baby and keep her and the mother warm until EMS arrived. The mother and baby were then transported to Spectrum Health Gerber Hospital in Fremont. Troopers were assisted at the scene by Life EMS and Newaygo First Responders.
Family, friends and members of the Colorado State Patrol said goodbye Friday to trooper Cody Donahue.Donahue, 34, was struck and killed by a semitruck along Interstate 25 south of Castle Rock on Nov. 25. He was hit while investigating another accident. He died instantly. He is survived by his wife and two young children. A procession began at 9:45 a.m. at the Ellis Family Services in Littleton. It traveled onto westbound C-470 from West Bowles Avenue. The U.S. Honor Flag accompanied Donahue's body. The procession then went down Highway 285 to the Denver First Church of the Nazarene (3800 E. Hampden Ave.). As the procession neared South Kipling Street, more vehicles made up a massive procession. Several drivers stopped and got out of their vehicles as the procession traveled eastbound on Hampden. Several other people lined the streets, many with flags, to pay their respects. Originally from North Dakota, Donahue had been with the Colorado State Patrol for 11 years. Donahue's family issued a public statement Thursday thanking everyone for their love and support during this difficult time. They also begged drivers to watch for emergency vehicles and patrol cars, and to slow down.
For the second time this month, a good Samaritan stopped to help a law enforcement officer who needed assistance on I-75. This week, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a speeding car. Soon after, the men became hostile and resisted arrest. The trooper was outnumbered - until a passing retired police officer stopped to help. Jeffery Duclos, a veteran and former Rhode Island police officer, said when he saw the trooper wrestling a man on the ground - alone - his training and 30 years of law enforcement work kicked in. "I saw the trooper on the ground in a confrontation with the person," Duclos said. He didn't hesitate to stop his car on busy I-75 in Collier County. "I think more people ought to be prepared to help," he said. The trooper had pulled over Richard Lazo Torres and Isaac Ruiz Wilson because Lazo Torres was driving more than 100 mph. The trooper said when they got to the side of the road, Lazo Torres switched places with Wilson to try and hide the fact he was driving because he has a suspended license. "I think the kid saw me coming, so he basically surrendered," Duclos said. He knows it could have been worse, that the trooper may not have made it home to his family that night. "Other people are in the car. If they come out, he's got a major problem." It's the second time a passerby has helped a law enforcement officer on the interstate this month. Two weeks ago, an unidentified man shot and killed Edward Strother, who was attacking a Lee County sheriff's deputy. "This individual who had a carry permit was a true hero," Duclo said of that good Samaritan. "He got out of the car; he jeopardized his safety." The Lee County Sheriff's Office has not released that man's name because he wishes to be anonymous. Lazo Torres and Wilson were in a rental car that was overdue for return. Both were arrested for switching drivers and resisting arrest. Duclos, who used to train police officers, said the trooper he aided was a complete professional.
A trooper paying attention to his Facebook page helped locate a missing autistic teenager from Woodbury earlier this month. The trooper saw a Facebook post about the teen at the beginning of his shift on Nov. 2. That same trooper was dispatched a few hours later to a pedestrian call on Interstate 494 in Eagan. Upon arrival, he immediately believed he found the teen. After a few questions, the trooper confirmed his suspicions. Through his friend who made the Facebook post, the trooper was able to get the teen’s address and take him home.
State Police honored a fallen trooper and his family Thursday before the Marlborough - Hudson Thanksgiving Day Game. "It's still raw. It's still something I'm struggling with,” said Trooper Luis DeJesus. Trooper Thomas Clardy’s wife and six children, who all live in Hudson, stood together, as State Police troopers marched on the field to honor a man who impacted so many. “It tells you something about someone when you have somebody that Tom had arrested and they come out to the barracks to pay their respects,” said DeJesus. Trooper Clardy was killed last March when he was hit and killed on the Mass Pike during a traffic stop. Thanksgiving was Clardy's favorite holiday, and his family says he always found a way to take the day off and be with them. "I thought of my husband. It was snowing so I thought that was maybe a sign he was looking down. Wishing he was here to see the support from everybody,” said Reisa Clardy, Thomas Clardy’s wife. Clardy's 4-year-old son Noah was in charge of the coin toss. Lt. Jim Murphy came up with the idea to do the tribute and talked to both teams before Thursday’s game. "We are one family and we go by that we will take care of each other during all times. A tragic event like this they need us,” he said. The Clardy family says the tribute is a great reminder that the community has not forgotten about them.
Trooper Cody Donahue was struck and killed by a commercial vehicle on northbound I-25, at Tomah Road, near Castle Rock. He was investigating a minor traffic crash when the commercial vehicle struck him while he was outside of his patrol car with another trooper. He was wearing a reflective vest at the time he was struck. Trooper Donahue had served with the Colorado State Patrol for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two young children.
Trooper Eric Ellsworth succumbed to injuries sustained when he was struck by a vehicle at approximately 9:45 pm on November 18th, 2016. He had responded to reports of low hanging power lines on Route 13, near 13600 North, in Box Elder County. He was waiting for the local power company to arrive at the scene to repair the line when he observed a semi approaching. As he exited his patrol car to warn the driver of the obstruction he was struck by a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. He was flown to Intermountain Medical Center in grave condition. He succumbed to his injuries four days later. Trooper Ellsworth had served with the Utah Highway Patrol for seven years. He is survived by his wife, three young sons, and parents. His father is a retired Utah Highway Patrol trooper.
Family members of Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Ellsworth, who was critically injured in an on-duty accident, expressed their "immense gratitude" Tuesday for the support they have received from the public. "Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of love and concern, and for the faith and prayers of family, friends, and the millions of you out there of all faiths and walks of life who are pulling for Eric," the trooper's brother-in-law, Jason Moyes, said in a statement on behalf of the family. Moyes, speaking at a news conference at Intermountain Medical Center, where his brother-in-law is being treated, said Ellsworth remains in extremely critical condition. "He has already defied the odds and continues to fight this very minute here in this hospital for his life," Moyes said. Ellsworth was injured Friday while he was assisting at the scene of a downed power line near 13600 North on State Road 13 in Garland in Box Elder County. The trooper was trying to alert the driver of a semitrailer truck around the power line when a southbound car driven by a teenage girl hit him just before 10 p.m., according to the Utah Highway Patrol. The girl was not hurt and the cause of the incident remains under investigation. Moyes said that the family knows "this was a tragic accident." "Collectively as a family, we want this young lady to know of our love for her," he said. "Our prayers have been there for you and your family." Ellsworth, a seven-year UHP veteran, followed in his father's footsteps and is a second-generation trooper. He lives in Brigham City with his wife, Janica, and their three young sons. Moyes said Ellsworth is an Eagle Scout and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints in the Canada Winnipeg mission. He also said his brother-in-law loves his job. "Eric loves the officers he works with and is dedicated to the responsibility of protecting and serving the members and visitors of this state," Moyes said. The family has gotten inquiries from the public about how to help, Moyes said. He said Janica Ellsworth has an online blog that allows her to stay home with her sons and that any purchases made by clicking through the links at utahdealdiva.com will help the family. In addition, he said, donations are being accepted at America First Credit Union under the name "Eric Ellsworth Family Charitable Account."
If you're hitting the road for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Florida Highway Patrol will be out in full force from Wednesday to Sunday. They are asking you to buckle up, and not drink and drive. Troopers say speed limits in Florida are no more than 70 miles per hour. T hey say gauge your speed when you see traffic congestion. Overall, they have asked everyone to pay attention and not drive distracted. "It's not only just texting on your phone or answering a phone call," said Captain Jeff Bissainthe. "It's talking to your passengers in the vehicle. It's adjusting your radio. It's messing with the GPS. We just want everyone to keep their minds on driving and their hands on the wheel and everyone to focus." During the Thanksgiving holiday period last year, law enforcement agencies around the state worked more than 9,900 crashes. Eighty-four people were killed with 17 of them not wearing seat belts.
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"Your gift will further my education and allow me to follow in the footsteps of family members before me. My grandfather, Captain Joe F. Dixon (retired), served Florida Highway Patrol for 39 years and my dad, Major Jeffrey S. Dixon, has been on the patrol for the past 25 years. My family has been in FHP for several decades and someday I hope to join the ranks of the patrol and pursue a career in law enforcement.