Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Passes away

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The Findlay Post for the Ohio State Highway Patrol is closed after a sergeant on duty died at the location according to an OSHP Facebook post.

Troopers say Sergeant Jared M. Ulinski served with the OSHP for just over two decades.

He was a member of the 134th Academy Class back in June of 1999.  

The OHSP has not confirmed when or how Sergeant Ulinski died but says the incident remains under investigation by the Hancock County Coroner's Office along with the Patrol.

Ulinski was 44-years-old.

A procession to bring Ulinski's body to the Lucas County Coroner's Office included a rendering of honors on an I-75 overpass of by the Perrysburg Fire Department according to State Rep. Haraz Ghanbari, who took part in the procession.

On Saturday night, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ordered U.S. and Ohio flags flown on public buildings and grounds to be flown at half-staff as well as at the statehouse and some other public buildings in Columbus.

The flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Ulinski's funeral. 

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Nevada State Trooper dies two days after hit by suspect’s vehicle

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Personnel with the Nevada Highway Patrol on Thursday were mourning the loss of Trooper Micah May, who authorities said died in a hospital two days after being struck by a suspect’s vehicle while on duty.

May had been laying down spike-stop strips on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas on Tuesday in an effort to stop an approaching suspect’s vehicle when that vehicle suddenly arrived and struck the trooper, FOX 5 of Las Vegas reported.

"With heavy hearts we confirm the loss of @NHPSouthernComm Trooper Micah May," the highway patrol’s Southern Command wrote in a Twitter message Thursday night.

May, 46, had served with the highway patrol for 13 years and had received a Medal of Valor in 2014 for courageous actions in the line of duty, KSNV-TV of Las Vegas reported.

"Trooper May’s heroism exemplified the definition of a silent guardian. His dedication and service will never be forgotten," George Togliatti, director of the Nevada Department of Public Safety, said in a statement, according to FOX 5. "Our hearts go out to this grieving family and recognize the unique sacrifice to the State of Nevada."

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a statement of condolence regarding May’s death.

"Kathy and I were heartbroken to learn of the passing of State Trooper Micah May, a 13-year veteran of the Nevada Highway Patrol, husband, and father to two," the governor wrote. "Micah passed away while bravely protecting his community, and while he has reached his end of watch, his heroic actions and contributions to the State of Nevada will never be forgotten. Kathy and I extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, his family, his loved ones, and the entire law enforcement community during this incredibly difficult time. May he rest in peace."

May leaves behind a wife and two children, according to FOX 5. He was the 12th Nevada state trooper killed in the line of duty, the report said.

The suspect, identified as Douglas Claiborne, 60, was later fatally shot as other law enforcement officers continued the pursuit.

Details on how the pursuit began and what prompted officers to fire at Claiborne were not immediately available. Claiborne had a history of arrests for charges such as battery and spitting at officers, FOX 5 reported.

On Thursday night, Trooper May was honored with a message posted on Interstate 15 by the Nevada Department of Transportation. "Respect & Honor For Your Service, Trooper Micah May," the message read, according to a Twitter post by FOX 5 anchor and reporter Lauren Martinez.

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New Jersey State Police Lieutenant Dies Suddenly

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It is with great sorrow that Colonel Patrick J. Callahan announces the sudden passing of Lieutenant Matthew Razukas #5939, Field Operations Section, on July 27, 2021. Lt. Razukas served with the New Jersey State Police for over 20 years and was a member of the 122nd NJSP Class.

Razukas is survived by his wife, as well as his four children. "The entire New Jersey State Police family and extended law enforcement community extends our deepest sympathy to the Razukas family during this difficult time," Callahan said.The cause of death was not made public.

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Trooper Herman Brown Memorial Highway/ Portion of M-50 to be named in honor of fallen trooper

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A bill to honor Michigan State Police Trooper Herman Brown, a beloved law enforcement officer who spent his career at the Monroe post and who died in March from COVID-19, has been introduced in the state Legislature.

Senate Bill 502 would designate a portion of M-50 from Lewis Ave. in Ida to S. Raisinville Rd. in Monroe as the “Trooper Herman Brown Memorial Highway,” said state Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, who introduced the measure.

“Trooper Herman Brown dedicated more than three decades of his life to serving and protecting the people of Michigan and Monroe County,” Zorn said in a press release. “Trooper Brown served in the U.S. Marine Corps before returning to our state to become a state police trooper. Sadly, Trooper Brown lost his battle with COVID-19 earlier this year. This bill would help ensure we never forget his selfless commitment to our community and the real loss we have endured during this pandemic.”

First Lt. Greg Morenko, commander of the state police post in Monroe, said the tribute to Brown is well deserved.

“Trooper Brown’s dedication and service to the citizens of Michigan will be missed,” Morenko said in a statement  Monday. “Trooper Brown’s calm, professional demeanor and his signature smile will never be forgotten.”

Herman Brown lived for service, said Tracy Blackwell, Brown’s girlfriend.

“The oldest of five children born and raised in Detroit, Herman took on the role of protector and mentor, even in childhood,” Blackwell said. “Likewise, he served his community with the same dedication and heart he gave to his family and friends. He brought strength, humor, love and kindness to all that he did and to every life that he touched.”

In 2017, Brown was honored as Trooper of the Year, an annual law enforcement recognition event sponsored by the Monroe Exchange Club. His co-workers had called him the heart and soul of the Monroe post. And he was known to sign in daily at Monroe County Central Dispatch with his signature opening line when he began his shift by stating, “Trooper Brown, in service, taking that mighty bite out of crime…”

SB 502 has been referred to the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for consideration. If the bill is signed into law, it will have no fiscal impact on the state or local government, Zorn said. State law requires sufficient private contributions to completely cover the cost of erecting and maintaining markers indicating the name of a memorial highway.

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Mt. Zion baseball team honors Trooper Hanneken

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Mt. Zion Community Unit School District's baseball team is honoring fallen ISP Trooper Todd Hanneken this season.

The 15U travel baseball team now has a patch of Trooper Hanneken's badge on their sleeves.

Trooper Hanneken's son Nick is on the 15U travel team. His other son, Ben, also plays baseball for Mount Zion High School.

Illinois State Police say this year is the first baseball season Trooper Hanneken hasn't been able to cheer on his boys at the ballpark.

A single-vehicle crash in March on Route 10 in Bondville claimed the life of the 20-year veteran of the Illinois State Police.

Hanneken was just 45 years old.

He is survived by his wife, Shelley; his two sons, Ben and Nick; his brother, Chad; his mother, Vickie; and his father, retired ISP Trooper Jerry Hanneken.

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Michigan State Police canine Rex dies after car crash in Detroit

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The Michigan State Police lost one of its canines, Rex, after a car crash early Sunday morning on a Detroit freeway.

An MSP canine unit was on southbound M-10 at Linwood, positioned across all lanes to help with the flooding that made the freeway too dangerous to drive on, according to the MSP Metro Detroit Twitter account.  

The freeway had already been closed for several hours when, at around 1:05 a.m., the trooper said his patrol car had just been hit and the vehicle involved was in flames. The Detroit Fire Department arrived at the scene shortly after to help with injuries.

Rex was moved to BluePearl Pet Hospital in Southfield, where he later died as a result of his severe spine and leg injuries.  

“MSP Canine Rex was a member of the Metro South Post and was known for his determination in searching for suspects and articles,” the MSP Metro Detroit Twitter account said. “He was a tremendous partner to his handler and was an asset to the post.”

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers rescue driver from submerged vehicle

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Several Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers rescued a driver found in a vehicle submerged in water in Warner.

According to the OHP, the troopers and staff at their Cadet Lawman camp were going to Lake John Wells for camp activities when they came across a vehicle that had run off the roadway and flipped upside down in water.

Trooper Trey Mathews, Shyanne Gatrost and trooper Brian Conaghan pulled the driver from the vehicle and began treating him. Coulter Sheets, Trooper Trey Sheets’ son and U.S. Staff Sgt. Air Force firefighter, arrived shortly after and stabilized the driver’s neck, OHP officials said.

Mathews and Conaghan continued speaking with the driver to keep him awake and calm while waiting for the ambulance. Trooper Jeremiah Hoyt and the Warner police chief also assisted.

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It is officially time for our annual Best Looking Cruiser Contest.

 

Voting will begin today,Tuesday, July 20, 2021 12:00 p.m. (EST) and continue through Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (EST).

You will need to scroll down to the bottom of the page and select which state

you think has the best-looking cruiser from the drop-down menu to vote.

To vote once per device click this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/bestlookingcrusier2021

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AAST 2021 Best Looking Cruiser Contest Starts Tomorrow

 

AAST 2021 Best Looking Cruiser Contest

Voting will begin Tuesday, July 20, 2021 12:00 p.m. (EST) and continue through Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (EST). Visit our Facebook page tomorrow for the Survey Monkey link to cast your vote.

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Section of State Road 408 to be named after fallen FHP Trooper

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A portion of State Road 408 between South Crystal Lake Drive and South Semoran Boulevard in Orange County was named in remembrance of fallen Florida Highway Patrol Sergeant Tracy Vickers.

Sergeant Vickers was a leader within the patrol and his troop and served as a Field Training Officer, training and mentoring new troopers. He was a graduate of the 131st FHP Recruit Class and served central Florida and the state for just over 4 years. He was also a Navy Veteran.

The crash took place just before 6 am in September 2019 as Vickers was on his way back home after working a night patrol shift. His vehicle struck a construction truck parked along the left shoulder of the roadway. At the time of his death, he was 31 years old.

“The brave men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol put themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis to keep our roadways and those who travel them safe. I was proud to sponsor legislation honoring our fallen troopers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” said Senator Lauren Book. “With these designations, our first responders will know that their sacrifice and heroism will never be forgotten by Floridians.”

Representative Chuck Brannan said, “It was my privilege to sponsor this legislation so that we can permanently honor those troopers who have given their lives in defense of all we hold dear. It is my hope that the motoring public will always remember their sacrifices as they pass by these markers on our state highways”

“Paying honor to Sergeant Vickers by designating a portion of S.R. 408 in his name is a great tribute,” said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “I would like to thank the Florida Legislature and Governor Ron DeSantis for ensuring the sacrifices of our fallen heroes are memorialized.”

The roadway dedication ceremony was held today at the Florida Highway Patrol Troop D Headquarters in Orlando, Florida. Leaders and members from FHP, Orlando Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, North Collier County Fire, Florida House District 10, Florida Department of Transportation, and the Brotherhood Ride were all present at the ceremony, including Sergeant Vickers’ loved ones. The roadway sign was unveiled at the ceremony, officially designating the portion of S.R. 408 as the “Sergeant Tracy Vickers Memorial Expressway.”

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Annual MVCI Association 2021 Networking and Training Conference

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Annual MVCI Association 2021 Networking and Training Conference

Providing the best criminal interdiction training, networking, and information sharing conference for 30  years running.

AUGUST 30 - SEPTEMBER 2 IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

Visit the site to register:     https://mvci.org

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Texas and New Mexico State Police officers take a stroll down memory lane

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New Mexico State Police shared a picture from the 1930s and the recent effort to recreate it!

The original picture shows New Mexico State Police officers at the state border, sharing a Coke with Texas State Police officers.

We recently had the opportunity to recreate the scene and enjoyed the chance to meet up with our Texas brothers and sisters once again.

Thank you to the Texas State Police for the stroll down memory lane!

#ThrowbackThursday #NMSP #Texas #StrongerTogether #ForYouWithYouTOGETHER

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People who helped pull Arizona DPS Trooper from burning car speak about experience

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On April 30, a deadly collision on the U.S. 93 near Wickenburg nearly took the life of DPS Trooper Casey Rhinehart, who was trapped in his vehicle as it caught fire. Thanks to a couple of heroes, he is alive today.

“He was trying to break the window,” said Russell Christensen. “The flames weren’t huge, but it was getting bigger.”

“I reached for the handle and it wasn’t moving,” said Carolee Ervien.“I put my hands on the top of the door, put my foot on the side of the car and I pulled the door back enough to where I could reach in and help him down."

Ervine and Christensen described the scene as they worked frantically to try and save Trooper Rhinehart from the car.

“Conduct you displayed to save our trooper’s life was valor,” said Colonel Heston Silbert, Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

DPS says that Trooper Rhinehart had been assisting a disabled vehicle that he was escorting to the nearest cash station when another vehicle speeding down the opposite direction of the two-lane highway collided with them and other vehicles.

Two people were killed. Five others were transported with injuries, including Trooper Rhinehart.

Ervien’s vehicle was also hit but she still managed to run to the aid of others.

“I’m able to help and I need to help and I’m going to do whatever I can do,” said Ervien.

Trooper Rhinehart suffered a leg injury and couldn’t stand but still did his job.

“Officer Rhinehart was still running the scene from his back. It was crazy,” said Christensen.

The collision is still under investigation and Ervien is left with one thought.

“Didn’t have to happen. People lost their lives. People’s lives are changed forever,” said Ervien.

Both Ervien and Christensen went to the aid and comfort other victims in the collision.

Trooper Rhinehart is out of the hospital now and a GoFundMe account has been set up to help Trooper Rhinehart and his family. 

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TX DPS Trooper rescues man from burning truck

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A 22-year-old man remains hospitalized in San Antonio after he was rescued by a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety who pulled him out of a burning vehicle earlier this week.

Gerardo Avila sustained first and third degree burns to his face, arms and shoulders after his truck overturned on the expressway at around 4:20 a.m. on Mother’s Day Sunday.

Armando Martinez, a DPS trooper, was patrolling the area north on I-69C near the University Drive exit in Edinburg when he saw Avila’s overturned maroon Ford pickup truck in the middle of the road, according to a news release from DPS.

“As Trooper Martinez was trying to remove the driver from the vehicle it caught fire on the passenger side near the driver’s head,” the news release stated. “Without hesitation, Trooper Martinez entered through the driver side window and continued working to free the driver, whose foot was jammed by the steering wheel.  At that point, the flames had spread and the driver’s face and arms.”

 A second trooper arrived at the scene and assisted in removing Avila from his vehicle and extinguishing the fire on his body, the release stated.

Avila is currently at the burn unit in the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio in critical but stable condition.

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DPS announces the loss of West Texas Trooper

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It is with great sadness the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announces the death of a Trooper in El Paso County. Sergeant Paul Mooney, 52, died Monday, June 14, 2021. He was battling cancer and was recently hospitalized with COVID-19.

“Sergeant Paul Mooney dedicated his life to protecting and serving the people of this nation, first in the United States Army and then as a commissioned officer with DPS,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We will never forget his commitment, and we send our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.”

Mooney worked as a Field Recruiting Sergeant for the West Texas Region, responsible for recruiting, testing and mentoring qualified applicants for the DPS Academy.

Mooney began his career with DPS in 2008, after retiring from the U.S. Army as a First Sergeant. Upon graduation from the DPS Academy he was stationed in El Paso, serving as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper for the next five years. He served in Mineral Wells, Waxahachie and Fort Worth, before being promoted to Sergeant in 2015. He was then stationed in Hurst for three years, assuming the position of a Field Recruiting Sergeant in 2016. Mooney returned to El Paso in 2018 where he stayed until his death. He is the 224th DPS officer to die in the line of duty since 1823.

Mooney loved dancing, hunting and spending time with his children. He is survived by his seven children: Jace Mooney, Russell Mooney, Lisandro Mooney, Eric Marquez, Rickey Hunter, Paul A. Mooney and Isabella Mooney; as well as six grandchildren: Amaya Hunter, Mila Hunter, Rylee Hunter, Alishae Marquez, Ian Marquez and Oliver Mooney.

Funeral services are set for Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at Abundant Living Faith Center – Westside Campus 

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