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A Massachusetts State Trooper was recognized Tuesday at the Statehouse for his actions during a dangerous daytime shooting incident on Brockton in March 2014.
Trooper Shaun P. Bellao was among 12 police officers from six departments honored by Gov. Charlie Baker. The dozen officers received Hanna Awards for exemplary acts of bravery while carrying out their duties in the last years. “The officers we honor today responded at a moment’s notice and put everything on the line in order to keep the public safe from danger,” said Gov. Baker, who presented the awards in the Massachusetts House Chamber.
“They are a testament to the level of excellence we expect from law enforcement and their actions show what all officers stand ready to do if the situation demands it.” The George L. Hanna Awards for Bravery are named in memory of State Trooper George L. Hanna, who was shot and killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop in Auburn February 26, 1983.
The Medal of Valor Trooper Bellao received is the second highest Hanna award and is awarded to officers who demonstrate actions above and beyond the call of duty, disregarding the potential for danger to themselves.
According to a State Police summary of the events, Thursday afternoon, March 20, 2014, Trooper Bellao was participating in a joint operation with members of the Brockton Police and two other State Troopers. The troopers heard two gunshots and observed two males, who were later identified as the shooting victims, running away. The troopers immediately drove toward the origin of the shots fired. As they approached the area, they heard two additional gunshots. Two other males were seen running up the street, one who had a silver handgun in his right hand. The troopers drove toward the two males, who continued to run. When the two suspects, one still clearly displaying the firearm, began to run in the opposite direction, the troopers immediately stopped, exited their vehicle and identified themselves. When the suspects did not stop, the troopers began to chase them.
As the suspects approached a backyard, they split up and one suspect was immediately apprehended while Trooper Bellao continued to chase the second, armed suspect, according to the summary. The suspect climbed over a chain-link fence and, as he landed, he swung the firearm around and pointed the handgun directly at Trooper Bellao who, continued to pursue the suspect. The suspect then ran into a fenced backyard and attempted to climb a fence when Trooper Bellao caught him. After a physical struggle, Trooper Bellao was able to wrestle the handgun from the suspect and place him into custody.
The area was immediately secured as a crime scene and the troopers were able to locate the two victims being shot at by the suspects. The semi-automatic handgun recovered at the scene was cocked with one round in the chamber and three additional rounds in the magazine. Following the shooting, then-Brockton Police Chief Robert Hayden voiced praise for the troopers and officers who responded to the scene. “They run toward trouble, not away from it,” Hayden said. “They did a fantastic job. It was like clockwork.”
`Courtesy ofThe Enterprise News,Boston,Massachusetts, Gatehouse Media Inc.
Men and women, girls and boys, people of all ages came to the booth to deliver their messages of support.The Patrol acknowledges so many acts of kindness to our personnel over the last few weeks, and we say a humble thank you for your kindness, acknowledgment, and support.
As he passed the trooper and the ominous flashing lights turned on, Greg Barnes pulled over, "Immediately I knew I was in the wrong.” After being handed a warning from the Indiana trooper, Barnes asked to take a selfie with Tpr. Cosgrove to send a message.
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) - It's a picture that has gone viral - a little girl posing with state troopers from Kentucky and Ohio while holding one of their hats in her hands.
The picture was taken by Sarah Yockey of Elizabethtown on Friday evening following the funeral of slain Kentucky State Police trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder.
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Sr. Trooper Joseph R. Winters, a 10-year veteran of the Indiana State Police, has been recognized nationally for his lifesaving actions.
Winters was leaving for work the morning of April 10, 2014, when he noticed his neighbor’s house on fire. Knowing that the residents were elderly with limited mobility, Winters notified dispatch as he headed to the burning house.
Upon entering, Winters found the 11-year-old grandson sleeping on a couch. Smoke from the fire was building in the house and was just a few feet from the first floor ceiling. Winters took the boy outside and re-entered the home, going to the second floor, where he awakened the couple, both in their 70s.
Winters guided the couple through the thick smoke and assisted them down the stairs and out of the house before the house was engulfed in flames. He directed the family to a safe area and then quickly performed a perimeter check for hazardous material. Winters then had to enter the house for a third time when he discovered the older male had re-entered. He again helped the man to safety.
Fire departments arrived on scene to battle the blaze. Winters remained on-scene to assist with scene control and traffic. He was treated at a local hospital for possible smoke inhalation.
Winters simply told his coworkers that he assisted at the scene of a fire. They did not learn of his heroic actions until a firefighter notified the ISP Lafayette post of details, stating that if it were not for Winters' actions, multiple deaths would have likely been the result.
Winters risked his safety and his life to save the life of three people. For this reason, it is an honor for AAST to recognize him as the 2015 Trooper of the Year from a pool of candidates from across the country.
Congratulations to Sr. Trooper Winters and the nominees listed below:
|Officer Clinton Schmidt||Arizona Dept. of Public Safety|
|Trooper F/C Marc O'Mara||Connecticut State Police|
|Corporal Mike McCann||Delaware State Police|
|Trooper Stephen Forsythe||Georgia State Patrol|
|Trooper Sharleen S. Seas||Illinois State Police|
|Trooper Shaun P. Bellao||Massachusetts State Police|
|Corporal Richard L. Ayers||Missouri State Highway Patrol|
|Trooper Bruce J. Stoffolano||New York State Police|
|Trooper Michael J. Miles||North Carolina State Highway Patrol|
|Trooper Stephanie Hanner||Ohio State Highway Patrol|
|Corporal Antonio M. Brown||South Carolina Highway Patrol|
|Trooper Jason Sherrod||Tennessee Highway Patrol|
|Trooper Leopoldo Sanchez||Texas Dept. of Public Safety|
|Trooper Anna M. Gasser||Washington State Patrol|
|Corporal William D. Henderson||West Virginia State Police|