NC State Highway Patrol graduates 39 troopers

NC State Highway Patrol graduates 39 troopers

RALEIGH – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol officially welcomed 39 new troopers at a recent swearing-in ceremony held for the 154th Basic Highway Patrol School.

The ceremony ended 12 weeks of rigorous training to prepare the new troopers for a rewarding career of service to the state of North Carolina.

The closed ceremony was held this past Friday at the Shepherd’s Church in Cary at 10 a.m. with strict COVID-19 safety precautions in place.

As guest speaker, NC Department of Public Safety Secretary Eddie Buffaloe Jr. provided uplifting remarks to the graduating class.

The oath of office was administered by Associate Justice Michael Morgan of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Colonel Freddy L. Johnson, Jr., the 28th Commander of the State Highway Patrol, was the keynote speaker and provided the newest sworn members of the State Highway Patrol direction for a promising career.

“As a part of this agency you will have big responsibilities placed upon you, I am confident you are up to the challenge,” said Col. Johnson. “A responsibility to carry on a long history of service, community, partnerships, pride and providing the highest level of law enforcement services to our state are among the most important.”

The new state troopers will report to their respective duty stations on Dec.15 to begin a demanding field training program. Among graduates are Cameron Creech and Jessup Oxendine, who will patrol Robeson County as part of the B7 duty station in Lumberton. Photographs of the graduating class can be found at the following link:https://www.facebook.com/NCHighwayPatrol.

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TROOPER SAVES TWO MEN AFTER ROLLOVER CRASH: 'WHAT A HERO LOOKS LIKE'

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TROOPER SAVES TWO MEN AFTER ROLLOVER CRASH: 'WHAT A HERO LOOKS LIKE'

Posted by Amy Furr | Jan 15, 2022 | Breitbart News |  |     

https://www.breitbart.com/health/2022/01/15/photo-trooper-saves-two-men-after-rollover-crash-what-a-hero-looks-like/

On Tuesday, Colby Rohr, a trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, rescued two men following a high-speed rollover crash, News On 6 reported Friday.

“There’s 740 something state troopers across Oklahoma that would have done exactly the same thing,” Rohr commented after the harrowing rescue.

“The highway patrol was unaware I was even in the area,” he added.

Rohr, who is assigned to the Will Rogers Turnpike and based in Vinita, needed to make a trip to Oklahoma City prior to the incident.

While coming back on the Turner Turnpike in Creek County, he saw traffic slowing down ahead of his own vehicle.

A truck pulling a trailer apparently jackknifed and flipped in the moments before he arrived.

“When I ran around the vehicle, I could see through the windshield the two people and so the only way I could get to them was to climb up the side of the truck, down the bed and then luckily the doors were still operable,” Rohr explained.

While traffic sped past the scene, Rohr pulled out two men who were shaken but alive and well.

A driver who witnessed the incident shared a photo of the scene on social media, writing, “This is what a hero looks like to me.”

I don’t know his name, but THIS is what a hero looks like to me!!! He came upon this seconds before we did this…

Posted by Jared Tonya Williams on Monday, January 10, 2022

“Traffic, including semis, was going crazy in all directions trying to shut down, but this man was on a rescue mission to save lives!” the user continued.

Meanwhile, Rohr said he felt thankful to be in the right place at the right time to assist those in need.

“I just tried to clear the road and help the people,” he added.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol also shared the photo and said neither of the occupants in the vehicle had a single scratch on their bodies:

Thank you Jared Tonya Williams for sharing this picture! This is Trooper Colby Rohr #344. He rolled up on this crash on…

Posted by Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Tuesday, January 11, 2022

“But this is what our troopers do day in and day out, jump into action whenever, wherever needed,” the agency concluded.

Trooper Rescues 2 Men After Crash On Interstate - YouTube

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TN Trooper and his shovel saved the day 14 times on snow covered I-75

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When cars and semi-trucks got stuck in the snow, a Tennessee trooper grabbed a shovel and started digging

When semi-trucks and cars stalled out, Anderson County Trooper Jacob Wiser literally grabbed a shovel and started digging people out to keep traffic moving.

ANDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — Sunday was not the kind of day you wanted to be out driving out on the roads. A few people learned that the hard way after getting stuck in the snow and ice, but Tennessee troopers and road crews pulled out all the stops to get them moving again and keep the interstates open.

The heavy snow made travel especially difficult on Interstate 75 in Campbell County from Caryville into Kentucky on Sunday, even with TDOT plows doing rounds to clear and salt the roads. I-75 had to be temporarily closed several times through the day as crews responded to stuck vehicles, crashes, and impassible conditions.  

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said one trooper worked particularly hard to keep traffic moving on snow-covered portions of the interstate.

When semi-trucks and cars got stuck in the snow, Anderson County Trooper Jacob Wiser literally grabbed a shovel from a TDOT worker and started digging people out between Stinking Creek and Jellico. 

"I nabbed his shovel and was able to dig out two big rigs and get them straightened up and out, and plenty of smaller passenger cars as well," Wiser said. "If I had to estimate, there was anywhere between 15 and 20 vehicles, you know, stuck... a couple tractor trailers starting to jackknife. Common problems when you have ice going up the mountain."

By the end of his shift, THP said Wiser dug out 14 vehicles that got trapped trying to traverse treacherous conditions on I-75 -- including two semi-trucks and 12 passenger vehicles. THP said he also responded to two crashes.

Wiser said many of the drivers were trying to head home to Kentucky and Ohio. Many didn't think the shovel would work, but he said they were very thankful when he came to dig them out.

"It was a crazy night. It wasn’t in the original [job] description when I signed up. But to see these folks out there stuck and a lot of them trying to get home, we do what we can," Wiser said. "I didn’t see very many locals out there, I will say that. Which you know around here everyone goes and gets their milk and bread and goes and sits in their house... and that’s a good thing."

When they weren't digging people out or responding to crashes, first responders were also giving stuck semi-trucks a little push to get them past rough patches. Trooper Ryan Fletcher and EMA Jay Muncy came across a semi-truck stuck on I-75 and were able to get it moving again by using a truck to give it a push from behind:

By Monday, conditions on I-75 had improved significantly. TDOT said road crews continued to plow and salt the interstate from Anderson County to the Kentucky state line through the morning.

THP trooper grabs a shovel to dig out more than a dozen vehicles | wbir.com

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Two Cumberland County bridges renamed for State Highway Patrol troopers

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Two bridges in Cumberland County bridges were renamed Nov. 8 in honor of two North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers who died on duty.

Trooper Damion Cortez Roberts died in a single-vehicle car crash on N.C. Highway 210 near Fort Bragg on Aug. 7, 1996, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a non-profit organization. 

The memorial page on the group's website says Roberts was a U.S Marine Corps veteran of the Persian Gulf War and had served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for less than four years. 

The North Carolina Department of Transportation renamed the Interstate 95 bridge over the Cape Fear River in Cumberland County the Trooper Damion C Roberts Bridge.

Trooper John Henry Duncan Jr. died in a car crash on Turnbull Road on Jan. 9, 2001 while assisting another trooper in a vehicle chase, according to his memorial page. The other trooper was conducting a traffic stop and he began a search of the stopped vehicle, it says.

Duncan arrived on scene to assist in the search and a struggle between the stopped driver and the troopers ensued, the memorial states. 

The driver was able to get back in his vehicle and drive away, the two troopers subsequently pursued the fleeing driver, according to the memorial. 

During the pursuit, Duncan lost control of his patrol car, crossed the center lane, and collided with a group of trees, the memorial states. The patrol car caught fire on impact and exploded. 

According to the memorial page, Duncan was a U.S Army veteran and had served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for two years.

The I-95 overpass at N.C. 87 was renamed the Trooper John H Duncan Jr Bridge. 

At the renaming ceremony, the families of Roberts and Duncan were presented with replicas of the signs that are now placed at the bridges. 

The ceremony was hosted by NCDOT Board Member Grady Hunt, and featured several speakers who honored both troopers. 

State Highway Patrol Commander Col. Freddy Johnson Jr., retired State Highway Patrol Captain Chris Morton, retired State Highway Patrol Sergeant Chris Williams and members of the Roberts and Duncan families spoke. 

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State Trooper Helps Save Family And Their Pets From Fire

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A state trooper’s quick actions helped save a family and their pets.

Trooper Tony Anthony was on patrol in Unity Township on Wednesday night when he spotted a house fire on Donohoe Road.

He made his way to the scene of the fire, pushed in the front door which awakened the sleeping family.

His decision to push through the door helped get two adults and two kids out of the burning home.

Anthony then went back inside to help rescue the family’s two dogs. 

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Massachusetts State Police trooper stops 100 mph car on I-91, finds mother in labor inside

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When a trooper stopped a vehicle for speeding 100 mph on a Massachusetts highway, he got an unexpected surprise.

Trooper Jose Cabrera stopped the vehicle on the southbound side of Interstate 91 in West Springfield on Wednesday, Massachusetts State Police said in a Facebook post.

"Upon his approach, the operator of the vehicle explained his girlfriend was in labor and that her water had broken," state police said.

Cabrera requested an ambulance but was told that none were available nearby.

He decided to put the mother-to-be in his cruiser, to bring her safely to Mercy Hospital with the father following behind.

"He safely delivered (pun intended) the mother-to-be to Mercy Hospital and a short time later she delivered a healthy baby boy," state police wrote.

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Nevada State Police help celebrate birthday of late Trooper Micah May's son

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It was a big surprise, as officers from every branch of law enforcement arrived with their lights, sirens, and orange balloons.

They were ready to help Raylan May and his family ring on his 4th birthday.

“I can’t thank them enough for doing this. We are truly blessed," said Raylan’s mom, Joanna May.

It’s another effort from the Mays' family in blue to support her, knowing their brother and her late husband, Trooper Micah May, can’t.

“It really means a lot that they come out and celebrate his birthday because without Micah it’s really hard. I’m holding back tears,” said May.

Trooper May died after being struck by a vehicle during a chase on I-15 back in July.

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Bridge in Riverhead to be named in memory of fallen State Trooper, governor announces

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Gov. Kathy Hochul signed into law legislation that designates a portion of the Route 25 bridge at the Long Island Expressway as the “Trooper Thomas J.  Consorte Memorial Bridge.” 

“Our troopers dedicate their life to keeping New Yorkers safe, and we all owe a debt of gratitude to Thomas J. Consorte for his heroism and sacrifice,” Ms. Hochul said. “This legislation pays tribute to a heroic New Yorker by ensuring his legacy lives on for generations to come.”

Trooper Consorte, who was from Port Jefferson and a graduate of Comsewogue High School, died on duty on Nov. 23, 1987 at the age of 24. He was struck and killed in Riverhead by a vehicle as he was preparing to mark the scene of an accident that his patrol car was involved in. A vehicle struck him from behind as he was taking flares from the trunk of his patrol car.

He was in his second year of service as a trooper.

In 1986, Trooper Consorte’s actions led to the arrest of a man who shot a Suffolk County police officer, according to Assemblywoman Jodi Giglio (R-Baiting Hollow), who sponsored the bill for Trooper Consorte.

Ms. Giglio said she has been working with the State Troopers to name 16 locations throughout Long Island where Troopers where killed in action in the past 100 years. 

“I’ve been working on it for the past two years, getting bills in, and working across party lines,” she said. “We want to get these adopted by end of next year.”

The road and bridge renamings will only apply to state police and state roads, Ms. Giglio said.

A sign in memorial of Trooper Consorte is already on County Route 105 where the crash occurred. 

“The renaming of the Route 25 Long Island Expressway overpass in honor of Trooper Thomas J. Consorte is a fitting tribute to the life and career of a promising young Trooper who died in the line of duty while serving his community,” said State Senator Anthony Palumbo (R-New Suffolk).

“Trooper Thomas J. Consorte will never ever be forgotten,” said First Sgt. Thomas Webb of Troop D. “Thank you for your service to the State of New York, and your dedication and devotion to serving your community.”

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INDIANA STATE TROOPER SAVES MAN’S LIFE WITH AED

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An ordinary traffic crash took a sudden turn for an Indiana State Trooper, when the man he was speaking to fell to the ground, unconscious.

The crash happened Sunday night, just after 7:15 p.m., at the intersection of SR 19 and CR 26. The driver of an SUV veered into the back of a state trooper’s car while it was stopped at that intersection.

The trooper, Arthur Smith, had just finished investigating the crash and began to explain the associated paperwork, when the 60-year-old driver suddenly grabbed his chest and fell over, unconscious.

Immediately, the trooper rushed to his police car and grabbed his Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from his car. When Smith attached the pads of the AED to the man, the AED advised a shock was needed.

After delivering the shock, Smith began chest compressions. Eventually, the man regained consciousness, and paramedics were able to take him to the hospital.

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North Carolina Trooper and detained driver both killed when responding officer crashes into them in traffic stop

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Trooper John Horton was struck and killed by a patrol car while conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of High Shoals Church Road and Goodes Grove Church Road in Mooresboro at about 9:00 pm.

Trooper Horton had detained the driver of the vehicle and was standing on the shoulder of the roadway with the subject. Another trooper arriving on scene to back him up lost control of his patrol car and collided with Trooper Horton’s patrol car, which was then pushed into Trooper Horton and the detained subject. The detained subject died at the scene and Trooper Horton died after being transported to a hospital in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The area the crash occurred in had experienced snow and sleet throughout the day.

Trooper Horton had served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and six children.

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State Police Trooper Reunites Family With Dog Found Wandering On Christmas Day

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Massachusetts State Police made a Christmas day homecoming possible for a dog from Pembroke who had wandered too far from home.

Trooper David Phan was on his way back from a shift Saturday when he saw a dog walking in the middle of Route 3.

“Trooper Phan stopped traffic and, with the help of some Good Samaritans, was able to corral the dog and get her into his cruiser, a little wet but unharmed,” State Police said.

The trooper then tracked down the phone number for the dog’s family, who was out looking for “Willow.”

They were reunited a short time later – “the best Christmas gift they got that day.”

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Dashcam video shows Florida Highway Patrol trooper saving choking toddler

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A dashcam video captured a Florida Highway Patrol trooper saving a toddler from choking on the side of Interstate 95 entrance ramp near Miami.

The agency released the dashcam footage from the Oct. 16 incident in a Twitter post that called the trooper a hero.

Trooper Reginald Mathieu was heading to a crash scene when the little girl's parents flagged him down. They and two other cars had stopped along the ramp and were in the road, attempting to get the 1-year-old child to breathe. The dashcam video shows the trooper running up to assist the unconscious child. A passerby had already tried to use an anti-choking device on the child, but was not successful, the Miami Herald reported. "Trooper Mathieu’s first aid training immediately kicked in as he jumped into action, performing a series of back blows until the toddler regained consciousness," FHP Miami said. The toddler was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Troopers did not say what the girl had choked on, or how long she had been unresponsive.

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Tennessee Trooper Helps Woman Deliver Baby on Highway: 'There Was No Waiting for the Ambulance'

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Ranker stepped in to assist a woman in need, who went into labor while she was driving on Interstate-40 in Tennessee's Dickson County, NBC affiliate WSMV reported.

Ranker, who was heading back to his post at the time, was alerted to the situation when he heard sirens and called dispatch to see what was going on, per the outlet.

"That's when they informed me that there was a lady on the side of the road that was in labor," he recalled.

The unnamed woman had been traveling to Memphis and was delayed by a crash scene during her trip, according to ABC affiliate WKRN. While driving in traffic, she began to go into labor and called her mom to help time her contractions.

When Ranker arrived on the scene and assessed the situation, he told WKRN that he knew "there was no waiting for the ambulance."

Ranker used a blanket to help the woman deliver her healthy baby boy in the front seat of a car within five minutes, according to WSMV.   

"Using his prior experience as an EMT Trp. Ranker delivered a beautiful baby boy just before EMS arrived," Tennessee Highway Patrol's Nashville District wrote in a statement.
Afterwards, the mother and her newborn were taken to a nearby hospital. 

The occasion marked Ranker's third time helping someone deliver a baby, but he told WKRN it was by far his most memorable birth. 

In addition to sharing the news of Ranker's helpful act on social media, police also posted a photo of the state trooper posing with the happy new mom at the hospital.

"We are extremely proud of Aaron!" they wrote.

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Trooper praised as hero for saving man's life on Ohio Turnpike

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A 77-year-old driver lost consciousness after experiencing a medical emergency. That's when Trooper Edwin Lopez came to the rescue.

The police dash cam video is dramatic. The effort is heroic. 

The man being hailed a hero for his quick action is Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Edwin Lopez. In the dash cam video, you can see Lopez jump from his cruiser to chase down a car. The vehicle was traveling on the Ohio Turnpike near Milan when the driver had a medical emergency and was incoherent. 

After numerous calls from other drivers on the turnpike, Trooper Lopez was dispatched and caught up with the 77-year-old driver, John Klinge. Klinge is an Indiana resident and a diabetic. While driving home, he experienced a medical episode. 

"I was driving behind him with my lights on," recalled Lopez. "The driver wasn't responding. I didn't see brake lights. I hit my sirens a couple times and the driver still didn't respond." 

Klinge's car was going at low speed on the side median and at one point swerves toward the left lane as cars passed. 

That's when Lopez knew he had to take action.

“I exit my vehicle immediately. Ran along side the vehicle trying to get the passenger's attention. My concern was his safety foremost," said Lopez as he watched dash cam footage of his rescue. "That’s why I made the decision to jump out of the vehicle and run after it. Try and get his attention because I could see his head was down (on the wheel).”

Quick action that saved the driver and others on the turnpike. 

"We could of had a worse situation happen," said Sgt. Ryan Purpura. "It was lucky he was there at that time." 

We spoke with Klinge on the phone today, who has made a full recovery since the incident. He is thankful for Trooper Lopez and his brave action. 

“I feel fortunate," said Klinge. "I’m a believer in God and I believe he watches over me and I'm sure that he put that police officer there.”

“It does make you proud and when I put this uniform on," said Lopez. "That’s my goal. To make a difference in someone’s life."

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Shop with a Trooper helps 47 local kids in Kentucky

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Every year, each KSP Post hosts a “Shop with a Trooper” event where troopers and officers take children on a Christmas shopping trip, along with hosting a lunch/dinner and spending quality time with the children.

” Throughout the year, KSP makes contact with a lot of families in our communities and this is an event where we can give back to those families that have been impacted by incidents throughout the year. So, every year this is one of our favorite times of the year and one of our favorite nights. We get to come out with the kids, take a list of stuff they need, stuff they want. And, you know, hopefully let them have a Merry Christmas and brighten their Christmas up a little bit,” said Trooper Daniel Priddy, with Kentucky State Police.

While shopping with the kids, KSP units ensure that the children purchase clothes, coats, necessities - along with some fun toys and games.

Trooper Priddy says this event would not be possible without the generous donations from local citizens, businesses, and community groups.

If you would like to contribute to your local Post’s ‘Shop with a Trooper’ program, please contact your local post or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can make a tax free contribution to the Kentucky State Police Professional Association by mailing a check to KSP Public Affairs Branch, 919 Versailles Road, Frankfort, Ky. 40601. Checks should be made out to “The Trooper Campaign” and write your local post in the memo line.

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