New Jersey State Trooper Grabs Paddleboard to Save Dog Trapped on Icy Lake

New Jersey State Trooper Grabs Paddleboard to Save Dog Trapped on Icy Lake pic

March 15, 2024

A trooper was headed to work when he saw a frightened dog trapped on an icy lake in New Jersey, authorities said.

Michael Betz saw the animal at 12:56 p.m. Feb 27 as he was going to the New Jersey State Police Lake Hopatcong substation, troopers said in a March 14 Facebook post.

He pulled over and tried to call the small dog to the shoreline, but it wouldn’t budge, troopers said.

At one point, the dog fell through the ice and struggled to stay above water before finding a rock to stand on in the lake, troopers said.

So, he put on a drysuit and found a paddleboard to rescue the animal.

Betz jumped into the water, put the cold animal on the paddleboard and helped it to safety, troopers said.

The dog named Georgy was returned to its owner.Line

Injured West Virginia State Trooper continues recovery after December shooting

Injured West Virginia State Trooper continues recovery after December shooting pic

April 10, 2024

A West Virginia state trooper who was injured after being shot four times during a December call continues to make progress.

Brian Bean, the father of Trooper Abe Bean, issued a statement updating Bean’s progress Wednesday.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported our family during this time. We appreciate the kindness our community has shown us and have been blown away by all the generosity. Abe is getting stronger and stronger every day and is eager to recover,” Bean said. “Our family is truly grateful.”

A photo accompanying the statement shows a smiling Abe Bean, his girlfriend, and their child. Bean lost his leg because of the shooting.

Bean and fellow Trooper Cadin Spessert went to a home on Connell Street in Martinsburg at around 10:50 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17 to serve an arrest warrant on an individual who had been fighting with his neighbor and reportedly hit him.

Bean investigated and told the suspect he would be charged with misdemeanor battery. The suspect then refused to come out of his home, troopers went in and fired at them. Troopers returned fire and killed the suspect.

Spessert, who was shot once, quickly recovered from his injuries, while Bean had to be hospitalized for several weeks. Bean; had surgery on his arm and his left leg had to be amputated as a result of his injuries.

Trooper Bean has been with the West Virginia State Police since Feb. 2020. Spessert joined in 2021.Line

Highway Dedication Ceremony Honors Fallen Washington State Patrol Trooper Justin R. Schaffer

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March 25, 2024

Four years to the day following the tragic loss of Washington State Patrol (WSP) Trooper Justin Schaffer, approximately 150 people gathered at Adna High School on Sunday, March 24, for a ceremony officially dedicating a stretch of state Route 6 from milepost 45 to 51 as the State Trooper Justin R. Schaffer Memorial Highway.

Among those in attendance were Schaffer’s family and friends, residents of Adna and surrounding communities, members of several local fire districts and law enforcement agencies, and members of Schaffer’s WSP district detachment.

“To Justin’s detachment, thank you for being here,” WSP District 5 Commander Jason Linn said.

Schaffer was born in 1992 in Colorado, and his family moved to Chehalis in 2006. He graduated from Adna High School in 2010.

After attaining his associate’s degree in criminal justice from Centralia College in 2012, he married his wife, Sandra, in 2013.

“Justin was hired by the Washington State Patrol in November of 2013 as a trooper-cadet assigned to the property management division,” Linn said.

He started his training shortly after in 2014. After graduating the trooper basic training class, he was commissioned as a WSP trooper assigned to Morton.

“During his career, Justin did a lot of things, including becoming a drug recognition expert and a narcotics K9 handler,” Linn said.

In 2018, Schaffer transferred to Chehalis, where he would continue to work until he was killed in the line of duty on March 24, 2020, at the age of 28, after being struck by a fleeing robbery suspect while attempting to deploy a spike strip.

“On this solemn day four years ago, I got one of those calls that no chief wants to receive,” WSP Chief John Batiste said. “... When you lose one of the members of your agency, it’s like losing your brother or your sister, and, for me, when you get to my age, it’s like losing one of your kids. Justin was one of those special young men.”

The 6-mile stretch of state Route 6 was chosen to honor Schaffer’s six years of service in the WSP.

Following the ceremony at Adna High School, those in attendance drove down state Route 6 in a procession to unveil the sign officially dedicating the 6-mile stretch as the State Trooper Justin R. Schaffer Memorial Highway.Line

Tennessee Highway Patrol Graduates 49 State Troopers

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April 6, 2024

On April 5, Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Matt Perry welcomed the newest graduating classes of Tennessee State Troopers. The department simultaneously instructed a regular 17-week trooper cadet class and an 11-week lateral trooper cadet class. The lateral class returned from their district assignments for the graduation ceremony that took place at Donelson First in Nashville, Tennessee. Governor Bill Lee served as the keynote speaker during the graduation ceremony and swore in the new troopers as they delivered their oaths of office.

Trooper Cadet Class 324 graduated 22 troopers. The Lateral Trooper Cadet Class 224 graduated 27 troopers composed of all prior Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T.) certified law enforcement officers from across Tennessee. The lateral class brings a combined 187 years of prior law enforcement experience to the THP.

Trooper Cadet Class 324 graduated 22 troopers. The Lateral Trooper Cadet Class 224 graduated 27 troopers composed of all prior Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T.) certified law enforcement officers from across Tennessee. The lateral class brings a combined 187 years of prior law enforcement experience to the THP.

Trooper Anthony Wilber of class 324 was named the top cadet for his class and was presented with the Trooper Calvin Jenks Memorial Award for Excellence for his leadership, work ethic, and academics. The award was named in honor of the late Trooper Calvin Jenks, who was killed in the line of duty in January 2007.Line

Vance Co. bridge dedicated to North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper

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March 15, 2024

State, local leaders and community members gathered at Drury Dobbins Baptist Church in Shelby on Saturday to honor a fallen trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Master Trooper John Horton was responding to assist with a traffic stop in January 2022 when he lost control of his vehicle and was killed in the line of duty. He had served with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for 15 years.

More than 50 people drove to the bridge after the ceremony to see the permanent signs at both ends of the bridge in Rutherford County.

“We recognize the importance of this bridge dedication to serve as a reminder of the perils every law enforcement officer face, as well as John’s commitment to his community,” State Highway Patrol Col. Freddy Johnson said. “The sign will be a continual and tangible symbol recognizing the sacrifice of a law enforcement officer and a display of what lengths we are willing to go to for the good of our communities. That’s exactly what John did.”Line