Ohio State Highway Patrol hosts ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The OSHP hosted their annual ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive at the Walmart in Marietta.

Many came out to donate non perishable items, money and more that would benefit Gospel Mission food pantry.

Sergeant Dustin Payne says that the generosity every year can only be described as the Christmas spirit.

He also added that gathering and meeting the community on a non emergency basis is a good way to build relationships with the community they serve.

“It’s the Christmas spirit and it’s this time of year that everybody seems to be a little more generous which is awesome. We’re coming out here and just trying to do the best we can to serve our community, to help the people out in our community because they’ve given us so much support over the years that we want to do what we can to give back and the generosity today has been overwhelming,” Payne said.Line

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Missing Detroit Lakes woman found thanks to heroic state trooper

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A 90-year-old Detroit Lakes woman with dementia was found by a state trooper near the Detroit Lake shoreline on North Shore Drive nearly four hours after leaving her memory care unit on Dec. 7.

DETROIT LAKES — A missing, vulnerable Detroit Lakes woman was found near the Detroit Lake shoreline by an intuitive state trooper nearly four hours after she first went missing from her Ecumen memory care unit on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

At 3:59 p.m., Becker County emergency dispatchers relayed the call of a missing, vulnerable 90-year-old Detroit Lakes woman to any available units in the area and, within minutes, emergency responders, officers, sheriff's deputies, troopers and other public service staff all mustered in the nearby Detroit Lakes High School parking lot to begin their search pattern, said Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd.

"We had every available resource on the scene," said Todd. "Every police officer, detective, every available deputy, and fire department members, and EMS squad members, everybody that could help was there helping."

The woman was last seen on surveillance video leaving her memory care unit at 1:35 p.m. wearing a black coat and white hat. Todd said the woman had wandered off before, so the search teams decided to focus on the area she had previously been found.

Other officers stayed at the memory care unit to search the building and property again before joining the rest of the search party, said Todd, and one of those people was Minnesota State Trooper Michael Lundeen.

"One of the first things we always do is double-check the area that the person went missing from, just to make sure that something wasn't overlooked," said Todd. "(Lundeen) had looked through the missing person's residence building ... and we kind of broke up after we checked the parking lots ... and he kind of went off on his own."

Todd said Lundeen told him that he had a "feeling" that he should look for footprints near the intersection of Madison Avenue and North Shore Drive.

"He started kind of combing that area, looking in the yards ... and a set of footprints caught his eye," Todd said. "He just had a feeling to go check those further and he did."

The footprints led Lundeen to a fence, between some houses and then out onto the lake, said Todd. However, he said, then Lundeen lost the tracks and decided to move his vehicle about seven houses down the block to see if he could reacquire the footprints, which he did.

"He kept following them and he said he came to a spot where it looked like the person had fallen down near a dock area near the lake shore and then he started to feel like he might really be onto something," said Todd. "He heard something and lifted up his eyes, looked, and there he saw our missing woman laying on the stone riprap."

Lundeen found the woman, cold, but responsive, laying on the riprap at about 5:07 p.m. near the 400 block of North Shore Drive. Lundeen tried to keep her warm until other emergency personnel arrived at their location. The woman was transported to Essentia Health St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes for evaluation. According to her family, she suffered no frostbite or any adverse effects from the incident.

"It was a Christmas miracle right here in Detroit Lakes, there is no other way to put it," said Todd. "In a situation like this, the time clock is clicking the minute we get the call, and in this situation, it was clicking quite a while before we got the call."

He continued: "There wasn't a lot of time left, I can tell you that. And in that area, it's not a regularly traveled area ... and had Trooper Lundeen not did what he did, I think we'd be having a much sadder conversation."

Todd also said the area where the woman was found wasn't in their search pattern because of past experiences with the woman, and they had received a tip that a woman wearing a black coat and white hat was spotted in the downtown area, so there were focusing their efforts elsewhere.

"Our focus wasn't where (Lundeen) was looking and it probably wouldn't have been for a significant amount of time," said Todd. "That's why this story is so special because (Lundeen) got that 'feeling' and however you want to look about how he got that feeling, I have my opinion, but he was led to that spot and if he hadn't followed that, we wouldn't have found her."

Todd also made a Facebook post, in which he praised Lundeen for making a real "life-saving difference."Line

Kentucky State Police holds annual ‘Shop with a Trooper’ event

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Christmas came early for some kids in Bowling Green, when Kentucky State Police held their annual “Shop with a Trooper” at Meijer.

The program allows troopers to take kids who may otherwise not have gifts on Christmas morning, as well as children who may have been victims or witnesses to crimes throughout the year, shopping.

Children are able to pick out clothing, shoes, winter gear, and of course, a few toys for under the tree.

“It’s a privilege for us to be able to give back to the communities because we work in these communities, we live in these communities, we’re a part of these communities, and we’re extremely proud to be,” said Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Daniel Priddy. “It’s a great opportunity for us to give back a little bit this time of year, especially with so many families in need.”

Priddy added that programs like “Shop with a Trooper” wouldn’t be possible without the help of sponsors and local donations.

Those looking to donate to “Shop with a Trooper” are asked to visit the Bowling Green Kentucky State Police Post at 3119 Nashville road.Line

Holiday cheer: State troopers bring stuffed bears to hospitalized children

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December 8, 2022

Alabama state troopers have delivered stuffed bears to children who have to stay in the hospital over Christmas.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency brought the bears to kids at the Baptist Medical Center East on Thursday morning.

The officers distributed "Trooper Bears" to more than 20 kids, Sgt. Jeremy Burkett said.

“We're just excited to be able to take the opportunity to be able to go out and bring a little cheer in the child’s heart," he said.

Burkett said it is important, especially during the holiday season, for these kids and their families to know somebody cares about them.

The Alabama State Troopers Association buys the bears for the troopers to donate; this is a statewide effort. Troopers will give out hundreds of bears throughout the state from now until Christmas.

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AAST reminds you to move over and slow down for stopped emergency vehicles

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December 5, 2022 

An officer with the California Highway Patrol was taken to the hospital Sunday night after a suspected DUI driver slammed into the rear of his vehicle on the westbound 22 Freeway in Garden Grove, trapping him inside.  

Calls about the incident came in around 8:45 p.m., according to Captain Jose Perez with the Orange County Fire Authority.  

The officer had pulled over on the freeway to help a vehicle that was experiencing mechanical problems when the driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe rear-ended his patrol car and also struck the other vehicle, a white Porsche Cayenne, OnScene.TV reported.  

“When we arrived on scene, we had one officer stuck in his car. He had to be extricated with the jaws of life by our truck company,” Perez said.

The officer, a six-year veteran of the CHP, was taken to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries, the CHP stated in a news release.Line

NC state trooper credited with saving infant’s life after pulling family over

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A North Carolina couple believe a recent traffic stop saved their infant’s life.

Derrick Stroud and his fiancée Victoria O’Neal were pulled over by a NC State Highway Patrol trooper when Stroud said he was driving almost 100 mph on Highway 148 to get his infant daughter from their home in Kinston to ECU Health, WCTI is reporting.

Stroud said his daughter wasn’t breathing after suffering from RSV symptoms.

“It’s like God sent him to be there,” the couple told ABC 12.

The couple said if it wasn’t for Trooper Matthew Brown’s quick reaction after pulling their car over, they aren’t sure if their daughter, a triplet named Amelia, would still be alive.

“I really had no words, but other than focusing on getting my baby to the hospital to get taken care of,” Stroud said. “Although we knew it was the season for this stuff, we really didn’t pick up on it. Other than a little cough, and that cough went from cough to a hoarse cry in the matter of three to six hours.”

Stroud said he knew he would likely be pulled over based on the speed he was driving at. The stop was a blessing in disguise.

“He noticed that she needed help right away and got help as fast as he good and he knew what’s best for us,” Stroud said of the trooper’s action.

Brown, a former firefighter and EMT, said he knew he had to move quick to save the 9-week old’s life.

“When I got back there, the baby was unresponsive sitting in the child’s seat. I turned her head towards me and I could see that her lips started to go blue and she was having a lot of trouble breathing,” Trooper Brown said. “Once I got her out of the seat, she started to breathe a little bit better. Her blueness started to go away and I started to rub her back and stimulate her to keep her awake where she could focus on getting her breathing back to normal.”

Brown, who is also a twin and is expecting twins in June, said he’s just glad he could do his job.

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The parents however, see it as more, thanking him for saving their daughter.

“Thank you so much, I cannot express how grateful I am that you were where you were when you were,” O’Neal said. “From the bottom of my heart, that means a lot and I do thank you so much. I wanted to get the word out and let everybody know how much of an angel you were Tuesday to me.”

Amelia has improved and is in stable condition, WCTI has learned. The couple took their other two girls after they started to show RSV symptoms.Line

Oregon Troopers rescue mother deer trapped in wire fencing

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December 7, 2022

Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Troopers from Prineville and Madras successfully rescued a mule deer doe who had become entangled in wire fencing Tuesday morning.

Responding to a call, Troopers found the doe with fencing wrapped around a leg and her neck. The Troopers also noticed her two yearling deer twins staying close by.

The Troopers requested the assistance of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists. When the ODFW biologists arrived, the doe was successfully darted with a tranquilizer. Once the doe laid down and it was safe to approach, Troopers cut the wire fencing away from her.

The doe was then given reversal drugs. After waking up, the doe trotted off to rejoin the twin yearlings.

The OSP reminds civilians that if they see a wild animal in trouble, please do not approach it. Call the OSP and request an OSP Trooper to assist.Line

Injured hunter air rescued by Maryland State Police in Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

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An injured hunter was air rescued by Maryland State Police on Friday after he became trapped by marshy terrain inside a Dorchester County nature refuge.

According to a news release, the MSP Trooper 6 crew responded to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge, Maryland, to rescue the hunter, who had fallen about 14 feet out of a tree stand. Trooper 6 is assigned to the Easton section of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command.

The Dorchester County Department of Emergency Services called in Maryland State Police Aviation Command because the hunter was severely injured in a remote part of the refuge. For the rescue, MSP deployed an AgustaWestland helicopter (AW139) to the area.

On the scene, the team established communication with emergency personnel on the ground, who were providing care to the injured man, according to police.

The helicopter crew lowered a trooper paramedic who was equipped with medical equipment and rescue gear. That trooper was able to provide medical care and prepare, or “package” the injured hunter for aerial extraction.

After being hoisted about 80 feet into the air by the MSP team, the hunter was flown to a trauma center while receiving care in the helicopter.

The Maryland State Police Aviation Command has a fleet of 10 AW139 helicopters located in seven bases throughout the state.Line

South Dakota Highway Patrol presented Beef Bucks for families in need

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The South Dakota Highway Patrol were presented with Beef Bucks at the 2022 SD Law Enforcement Banquet in Sioux Falls on Nov. 9.

Beef Bucks are used at the discretion of the South Dakota Highway Patrol to distribute to law enforcement families in need this holiday season. This project has been done over the years as a way to thank these first responders for their services.

Beef Bucks, Inc. is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of beef promotion and consumer education. For more information on the Beef Bucks program, go to www.beefbucks.org.Line

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California Highway Patrol's annual 'CHiPs for Kids' toy drive Nov. 21 to Dec. 13

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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The California Highway Patrol's annual "CHiPs for Kids" Toy Drive benefitting children in need during the holiday season begins Monday, Nov. 21.

Troopers will collect unwrapped, brand-new toys at designated dropbox locations around San Diego County. The drive runs until Dec. 13.

You can drop toys off at the following locations:

CHP office El Cajon: 1722 East Main St., El Cajon 92021-5259

CHP office Oceanside: 435 La Tortuga Dr., Vista 92081-4321

CHP office San Diego: 5902 Kearny Villa Rd., San Diego 92123

Walmart

13425 Community Rd., Poway, CA 92064

170 Town Center Pkwy., Santee, CA 92071

2100 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92054

705 College Blvd., Oceanside, CA 92057

3405 Marron Rd., Oceanside, CA 92057

CHP says contactless donations are an option as well; the public can buy gifts via an Amazon registry the patrol set up.

The gifts will be distributed at events across San Diego County from Dec. 14 to Dec. 16.Line

Florida trooper who crashed into drunk driver to save Skyway 10K runners honored at Patriot Awards

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Toni Schuck – a Florida Highway Patrol trooper lauded as a hero after she crashed into a drunk driver barreling towards the finish line during a race on the Skyway Bridge – was honored with the “Back the Blue” award at the Fox Nation Patriot Awards on Friday.

The 26-year law enforcement veteran was the “last line of defense” before the finish line, where thousands of Armed Forces Skyway 10K Race runners gathered after crossing the bridge. She heard a radio transmission saying a driver – later identified as Kristen Kay Watts, 52, of Sarasota – slammed through the detour barricades and was heading her direction at about 100 mph.

“I was the last officer, I knew that, I knew it was me,” Schuck said at a news conference after the March 6 crash. “If it wasn’t me to get her to stop, then who?”

Schuck said she’s still dealing with the effects of the crash months later. She has been in physical therapy since March, which will continue “for the foreseeable future”.

In a video that aired during the ceremony, she said she’s carried her grandmother’s bible with her on the job, every day for her 26-year career, and believes it helped her survive the high-speed crash.

“I believe there had to be someone riding with me,” she said, tearing up. “I think I had a guardian angel.”

While accepting the award, Trooper Schuck described how March 6 started out like any morning shift. She was gearing up to go home when she was thrust into a terrifying situation, with just two minutes elapsing between the driver breaking through the barricades and crashing into Schuck’s patrol car.

“That’s what law enforcement gets. We get those split-second decisions,” Schuck said. “And then the audience that gets to review our videos have a lifetime to criticize us.”

“What they don’t see is that we’re human and we want to do a job,” she continued. “That job is to protect our community and that’s what I felt I did that day.”

She thanked Floridians and people across the country for the outpouring of support she received after the crash, especially from runners’ groups and other officers who were involved in crashes on the job.

Now that Trooper Schuck is back on the job, she hopes to inspire other women to pursue a career in law enforcement.

“If I can inspire one young woman … I’m hoping the next generation of law enforcement will include a lot more females,” she said. 

Since the crash, Schuck has thrown out the first pitch at the Rays’ opening day game. In Manatee County, March 22 was designated “Trooper Toni Schuck Day” in her honor.Line

Lost 80-year-old hunter rescued by Michigan trooper and K-9 team

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A Michigan State Police K-9 located an 80-year-old hunter whose wife reported he was lost after she heard him shoot several shots while tracking a deer in northern Michigan.

Troopers for the MSP Houghton Lake Post were called around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday to a home on Nash Camp Road in Lovells Township, according to MSP in a Thursday press release.

A woman told the troopers her husband was tracking a deer and hadn't been seen for roughly three hours. She said it worried her when she heard him shoot several shots, which was a sign he was lost.

To help find the hunter, the troopers asked for a K-9 named Loki from the MSP Houghton Lake Post and the MSP Aviation Unit.

Loki and the troopers tracked the hunter about .66 miles north of his home and found him "very cold," according to MSP in the release. He was unharmed, but wet and cold due to falling into the river three times in his waders.

One of the troopers removed his dry fatigue shirt and gave it to the hunter along with his gloves and coat to keep him warm, according to MSP in the release.

The Lovells Township Fire and Rescue unit transported the hunter out of the woods using its canoe. He was then taken to Grayling Munson Hospital for further medical treatment and has been discharged from the hospital in good health.Line

“Girl’s Best Friend”: Massachusetts State Police Crisis Response K9 ‘Luna” visits preschoolers

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Yesterday, Trooper Deshawn Brown, our Troop B Community Liaison, visited the Boys and Girls Club of Westfield to read a book to a class of preschool students. He was joined by Trooper Chad Tata of our Employee Assistance unit and his partner, crisis response dog Luna.

Before they entered the classroom, the Troopers were informed by a teacher that a girl in the class, Lorelei, had been bitten by a neighborhood dog two months ago and as a result of that traumatic event was very fearful of all animals, especially dogs. The Troopers assured the teacher that they would make sure Lorelei felt safe and comfortable throughout their visit.

After Trooper Brown read a story to the children and handed out some MSP stickers, the class learned about Luna’s role with the State Police. Trooper Brown then asked if anyone had any questions.

Lorelei raised her hand and asked if she could pet Luna. She then stood up and slowly walked toward Luna, hand-in-hand with her teacher for extra assurance. Lorelei courageously put her hand on Luna’s back and began to pet her (pictured) in what we hope is a good step in her healing process.

Troopers Brown and Tata and K9 Luna are very grateful for the hospitality of the Boys and Girls Club, and thank the teachers, students, and of course Lorelei, for their friendship.” -Massachusetts State Police.Line