Long-time Maine State Police member tapped to lead agency

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Maine’s governor has promoted a long-time member of the Maine State Police to serve as its new leader.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said Wednesday that William Ross will serve as the new colonel of the police agency. Ross is currently the operations major for Maine State Police and has worked in law enforcement for more than 20 years.

Ross joined the Maine State Police as a trooper in 2002 and later received a series of promotions to his current post. His position of operations major requires him to oversee eight patrol troops and three major crime units.

Ross will succeed former Colonel John Cote who retired in September. Ross must be confirmed by the Maine State Senate to ascend to the new role.

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Trooper stops wrong-way driver on Phoenix freeway: DPS

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PHOENIX - An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper was injured on Sunday after crashing with a wrong-way vehicle to stop it on Loop 202 near 44th Street.

At about 11 p.m., the trooper got in the way of the wrong-way driver and rammed the vehicle with his patrol car to stop it, according to DPS spokesperson Bart Graves. The trooper had minor injuries and was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

The wrong-way driver also had minor Injuries reported.

The unidentified trooper was released from the hospital as of Monday and was recovering at home.Line

Son of retired Dunmore state trooper becomes 4th generation to join Pennsylvania State Police

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Richard Andrew Grippi was just 3 months old when his mother dressed him in a replica state police trooper uniform for his first photo shoot.

It was, Shannon Grippi thought at the time, a cute photo to join pictures of three generations of men in the Grippi family who served in the Pennsylvania State Police dating back to 1938.

Twenty-three years later, Shannon Grippi, 51, of Dunmore, looks back to that day and wonders if destiny was at play. She and other family members watched her now-grown son graduate from the state police academy on Friday.

The accomplishment makes him the fourth generation in the Grippi family to join the ranks of the state police. Officials believe that's a first for the 117-year-old law enforcement agency, although they could not confirm that through human resources records.

Richie, as he's known by family, is a 2018 graduate of Dunmore High School. He enlisted in the state police in June after graduating from Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

He is among 102 cadets who graduated Friday in Harrisburg.

He's continuing the legacy of his father, Richard F. Grippi, 53, Dunmore, who served from 1994 to 2019; grandfather, Richard J. Grippi, 78, Scranton, who served from 1971 to 1999, and great-grandfather, Peter Grippi, who served from 1938 to 1965. Another relative, Frank Grippi, his father's uncle, also served in the state police from 1968 to 1990.Another relative, Frank Grippi, his father's uncle, also served in the state police from 1968 to 1990.Another relative, Frank Grippi, his father's uncle, also served in the state police from 1968 to 1990.

The ceremony was all the more special because his father and grandfather had the honor of presenting him with his badge.

"It was a very emotional, very proud moment to be able to do that with my dad," Richard F. Grippi said.

His father and mother said they never sought to influence his choice of profession. The photo came about on a whim, Shannon said, after she saw a stuffed bear dressed in the uniform at a friend's home.

"I saw it and said, 'Can we borrow it?'" she said.

They stripped the stuffed animal, then took their son, clad in the outfit, to the local Sears department store for the photo.

Richie Grippi will report to the Stroudsburg barracks on Jan. 3. His family is confident he will serve with honor and pride.

"To see my son go through it and be a fourth-generation Grippi state trooper is definitely, definitely an honor," the father said.

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State troopers rescue missing man lost deep in N.J. Stokes State Forest woods

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Thomas McHugh, 58, went to Stokes Forrest on a Utility Terrain Vehicle and got stuck on a tree stump.

He was missing for 30 hours and his daughter contacted police who began the desperate search.

"They immediately started looking because it was freezing," daughter Melissa McHugh said.

On Dec. 17, authorities followed his footprints in the snow and found he had become separated from his walking stick and his right boot.

They found him a short distance later, lying face up with labored breathing and a body temperature of 71 degrees.

The troopers took off their jackets to cover the man and put their ballistics vests under him to keep him off the frozen ground. Then they took turns rubbing him in an attempt to transfer body heat.

"It's like a sternum rub to get blood flowing, kind of generate heat by rubbing the chest, the chest is the most vital part of the body where you need to generate the most heat," Trooper Robert Hoffman said.

McHugh had apparently walked away from his stuck vehicle to try to find help but got lost.

"He got disoriented and then he said he sat down and he doesn't remember anything after that, he must have passed out," Melissa McHugh said.

The troopers walked two and half miles through the woods to locate the victim. At that time there was snow on the ground so following the trail was easier.

Six state troopers were able to carry McHugh half a mile in the cold, dark woods to an awaiting emergency vehicle that took him to the hospital.

He has now fully recovered thanks to the state troopers who say they were trained to save lives.

"We don't get a lot of times to have this type of ending, but you know what, it does feel good," said Det. Darren Crane.Line

SC Highway Patrol Holds Graduation Ceremony, Welcomes 37 New Troopers

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COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Highway Patrol held a graduation ceremony today for 37 troopers from its Highway Patrol Basic Classes 120 and 121. The two graduating classes include five prior-certified officers and 32 who are new to the law enforcement profession. The graduation of these two classes brings the total number of troopers in South Carolina to 754 (including today’s graduates and 32 troopers currently in training).* Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette addressed the graduates as the keynote speaker for the ceremony.

“Today, we honor this group of 37 law enforcement professionals as they join our agency in its critical mission of saving lives on South Carolina’s highways,” said Robert G. Woods, IV, Director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. “These fine men and women are more than prepared to continue that mission and I am proud to welcome them to the ranks.”

Troopers are assigned to areas based upon population, calls for service, and the number of licensed drivers/registered vehicles in an area. To see where the troopers from Basic 120 and 121 are assigned, review the information in the link that includes their Troop assignments and photos: https://scdps.sc.gov/schp/classes.

“We are here to celebrate your well-deserved accomplishments, for all of your hard work and dedication,” said Colonel Christopher Williamson, Commander of the SC Highway Patrol. “But before you rest this evening, I have one more request of you — I ask that you reflect on what it means to be a state trooper and why you chose to commit to this profession. Use your meaning and drive in service of others and I promise, you will make a difference.”

Special awards from Basic 120 and 121 classes include:

Major Israel Brooks, Jr. Physical Fitness Award:  Presented to the trooper who excelled on the physical training test and each day during the early morning exercises. 

            Basic 120: John P. Burnette
            Basic 121: Andrew T. Allen

Captain Cecil Dilworth Marksmanship Award: Presented to the trooper who demonstrated the best marksmanship during firearms training.

            Basic 120: Gabriel J. Buck
            Basic 121: Brandon J. Townsend

Colonel P.F. Thompson Outstanding Achievement Award: For the trooper who displays the character and dedication symbolic of former Highway Patrol Colonel P.F. Thompson, the longest serving Patrol commander.

           Basic 120: William G. Mixon
           Basic 121: Andrew T. Allen
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Tennessee Highway Patrol Graduates 40 State Troopers

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December 16, 2022

NASHVILLE --- On December 16, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS) Commissioner Jeff Long and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Matt Perry welcomed the newest graduating classes of Tennessee State troopers. Governor Bill Lee served as the keynote speaker, and Commissioner Jeff Long swore in the new troopers as they delivered their oaths of office at a graduation ceremony at First Baptist Church of Donelson. Lateral trooper cadet class 1122 graduated 11 troopers, all of whom were prior law enforcement officers and certified in Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Class 1122 completed 10 weeks of specialized training, designed to build upon their previous law enforcement training and experience. Trooper Cadet Class 1222 graduated 29 troopers and completed 16 weeks of specialized training. After graduation, the new troopers will receive field training with troopers who are classified as Field Training Officers.

"The Tennessee Highway Patrol plays an important role in keeping Tennesseans safe, and I commend the newest cadet class for answering this important call to service," said Governor Bill Lee. "We've made strong investments to place additional troopers on Tennessee roads, strengthen training and recruit highly qualified officers nationwide, and we'll continue to give law enforcement the resources needed to serve and protect Tennessee communities."

"The Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers' Creed says, ‘Many are called, but few are chosen'," said Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long. "Hundreds applied after the announcement of a new trooper cadet class. The 40 cadets graduating today are the chosen few. We are thrilled to welcome them into the Tennessee Highway Patrol,” said Commissioner Long.

“As Colonel, I make sure to remind each graduating class that the Tennessee Highway Patrol is in the business of providing a service,” said Colonel Matt Perry. “As you leave here today, and every day as you don your uniform, remember that service is at the heart and soul of a Tennessee State Trooper. Perform your duty with honor and treat this badge and uniform with respect. Joining any law enforcement agency makes you a part of something far bigger than yourself. As of today, you represent the Tennessee Highway Patrol while in and out of uniform. You are held to a higher standard – not only by the public but also by your peers and by your leaders. You no longer serve only yourself; you serve the citizens of the State of Tennessee and those that travel through our state. You have joined the best of the best, you are a Tennessee State Trooper,” said Colonel Perry.

Trooper Jacob Farris of class 1222 was named the top trooper cadet and was presented the Trooper Calvin Jenks Memorial Award for Excellence for achieving the overall highest average. The award honors the late Trooper Calvin Jenks, who was killed in the line of duty in January 2007.Line

Henry USA becomes latest marquee supporter of AAST!

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AAST recently reached out to CEO and Founder Anthony Imperato about becoming a patronage of AAST. Anthony immediately responded with overwhelming support upon learning about AASTs’ mission and goals. Henry USA celebrated their 25th Anniversary in 2022 and awarded the AAST Foundation with a generous 25,000 contribution!

AAST Executive Director John Bagnardi and Sergeant Steve Gaskins, Florida Highway Patrol and AAST member, recently traveled to Henry USA’s Bayonne NJ facility for a check presentation. While there, both were treated to a VIP tour of the facility and invited to test fire some of the beautiful lever action rifles.

Executive Director John Bagnardi also presented Anthony Imperato with the AAST “Spirit of the Trooper” Award, not only for his support of AAST but for the unbelievable philanthropic spirit in which he has and continues to support so many different organizations. The following are just a few of the charities and organizations Anthony has contributed to.

American Association of State Troopers Foundation

National Rifle Association

The NRA Foundation

USO

Travis Mills Foundation

Journey Home Project

Medal of Honor Museum

Navy Seals Foundation

NSSF

Second Amendment Foundation

First Responders Children Foundation

Disabled American Veterans

Building Homes for Heroes

National Veterans Foundation

Concerns of Police Survivors

Shadow Warriors Project

Tunnel to Towers Foundation

VFW

Ethan’s Army – Child with Brian Tumor

Flex For Kalel – Child with Muscle Dystrophy

Support for Sami – Child with Congenital Heart Failures

Fireman for Joshua – Child with Heart Syndrome

Prayers for Preslie – Child with Leukemia

Shriners International

Beckett Burge – Child with Leukemia

Grayson Sutton – Child with Pulmonary Hypertension

Kellen Findley – Child with Cancer

Sweet Sadie – Child with Leukemia

Brayden – Child requiring Lung and Heart Transplants

St. Vincent’s House at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital

Numerous Wildlife and Hunting Causes      

I encourage you to visit their website for more information about Henry USA and the wonderful product they make. www.henryusa.comLine

New York State Police deploy the 'Rook' to move vehicles stuck in Buffalo snow

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December 29, 2022

New York State Police have released a video of its troopers using a vehicle called the Rook to move cars, minivans, SUVs and trucks that were stuck in the snow following a deadly winter storm that slammed Buffalo over Christmas weekend. 

Footage shows a sedan being pulled away from a snowy street before being lifted and placed down in a parking space.  

In another segment, the vehicle pulls a Budget moving truck backward along a street and around a corner, despite being only a fraction of its size. 

"The ROOK is the perfect machine to clear vehicles or obstructions from the roadway, so they can be cleared by plows!" New York State Police wrote on Facebook. 

The Rook, which the Florida-based Ring Power Corporation makes, has a vehicle extraction tool "fabricated for powerful use in the immobilization or removal of a vehicle in tactical applications," the company says. 

"The tool can be used to push or pull a parked vehicle, pick up the car completely and move to a safe location, or positioned to lift rear wheels of an occupied vehicle to render it immobile," it added. Line

Tunnel to Towers Foundation pays off mortgage for fallen Massachusetts State Police Sergeant

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December 10, 2022

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation has announced it has paid, in full, the mortgage on the home of Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Douglas Weddleton as part of its fourth annual Season of Hope.

Tunnel to Towers’ Season of Hope, celebrates the holiday season by lifting the financial burden of a mortgage from the families of fallen first responders, Gold Star families, and catastrophically injured veterans around the country.

Sergeant Weddleton was blocking an exit ramp for a construction crew when he was killed in the line of duty by two drunk drivers on June 18, 2010. His was killed on Father’s Day weekend, just weeks after his 52nd birthday.

Sgt. Weddleton entered the State Police Academy 65th Recruit Training Troop in 1982 and became a State Trooper a year later. He spent nearly 30 years protecting the residents of his native Massachusetts. He left behind his wife Judith, and his four sons.

Tunnel to Towers ensured his family can stay in their Brockton home forever.

“His passing has left a huge void in our family that no one will ever be able to fill. Doug has missed birthdays, holidays, weddings, and the births of his two granddaughters, who would certainly be the light of his life. We miss him more than words can describe.” This home holds so many precious memories for me and my sons, and this generous gift mean so much to us,” said Judith Weddleton.

“This holiday season, we honor those families who have sacrificed so much for all of us. To the families who are still grieving the recent loss of a loved one and to those who are enduring another year with an empty seat at the table, Tunnel to Towers is honored to celebrate your loved one’s service and ensure that you and your family can stay in your home forever,” said Tunnel to Towers Chairman and CEO Frank Siller.Line

State Trooper Flies To The Rescue Of Owl With Broken Wing In Middleton

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December 1, 2022

Trooper Jared J. Clemenzi spotted Ozzy the owl on the side of Route 62 in Middleton after a group of people had gathered around it on Tuesday morning, Nov. 29, officials said. Clemenzi collected the bird and drove it in his patrol cruiser to the North Shore Veterinary Hospital in Gloucester, where he met with Erin Hutchings of Cape Ann Wildlife, who agreed to take in the raptor and nurse it back to health.

Hutchings said Wednesday that Ozzy had a broken wing, head trauma, and some potential eye damage. She listed the owl's condition as fair, but the group will know more on Thursday after tests on its eyes are completed.

The non-profit group, which opened in 2005, will rehab Ozzy until it's healthy enough to return to the wild.Line

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Nonprofit, Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Pays Off Mortgage for Fallen Wisconsin State Patrol Master Trooper

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December 2022

Tunnel to Towers is honored to announce that it has paid in full the mortgage on the home of Wisconsin State Patrol Master Trooper Daniel Stainbrook as part of its annual Season of Hope Campaign.

Master Trooper Stainbrook passed away due to complications as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty on November 15, 2021.

Stainbrook was a 20-year veteran of the Wisconsin State Patrol and earned the rank of Master Trooper for his dedication and above-and-beyond service.

He is survived by his loving wife, Bernadette, and two daughters.

Tunnel to Towers ensured his family can stay in their home forever.

“Losing Dan wasn’t just devastating emotionally, but financially as well. There was a great deal of uncertainty for us with his loss. Thanks to Tunnel to Towers, we knew that at least we would have our home, which put our single largest fear to rest. It meant we wouldn’t have to leave a place so full of happy memories, so full of comfort, a place that is most certainly our sanctuary,” said Bernadette Stainbrook.

Tunnel to Towers’ Season of Hope, celebrates the holiday season by lifting the financial burden of a mortgage from the families of fallen first responders, Gold Star families, and catastrophically injured veterans around the country.Line

Ga. State trooper brings Christmas to Darien community

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For the last 11 years, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Thornell King has put smiles on the faces of children and given meals for those in need in and around the city of Darien.

 With the help of donors, Maj. King provided toys to an estimated 500 children who attended this afternoon’s event.

 A meal of fish, shrimp and hot dogs was provided free of charge.Line

‘Shop with a Trooper’ event held in Ohio Co. in honor of late KSP Trooper

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OHIO CO., Ky. (WFIE) - The Kentucky State Police Professional Association (KSPPA) District 16 held its annual “Shop with a Trooper” program Saturday in memory of retired KSP Trooper Jerry Critchelow, who passed away earlier this year.

Troopers say the program helps children in need during the Christmas season, and Trooper Critchelow was instrumental in its success for decades.

They say about 170 families, KSP troopers and families, local telecommunicators, Beaver Dam Police Department, Hartford Police Department, Ohio County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio County Constables, and Kentucky Probation and Parole met at the Beaver Dam Wal-Mart and paired with families.

Each child was given around $100 to spend.

The money came from donations. Troopers say Amanda Fitzgerald, Trooper Critchelow’s daughter, as well as Ohio Sheriff’s Deputy Katie Pate played a big part in the fund raising efforts.

The shopping lists consisted of several items including coats, pants, shirts, shoes, hats, gloves, and toys.Line

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