Nebraska Trooper and deputy honored for saving kids from partially submerged vehicle
January 2, 2024
On Thanksgiving night, Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Alex Coffman and Lincoln County Sheriff Deputy Tyler Schultz pulled three children from a partially submerged vehicle following a two-vehicle rollover collision on Interstate 80, near Hershey.
Coffman was the first on the scene, followed by Schultz
"It was a very intense situation, with two vehicles upside down and on their side near that river," Coffman said.
All of the adults were out of the vehicles, but three kids were trapped inside one vehicle in freezing water.
"Our training just kicks in, and there's just there's not really any other options other than getting kids out," Schultz said.
"The two younger boys were shivering. So I grabbed them, carried them up to my car," Coffman said.
But a 1 year old was still dangling from her car safety seat.
"Hanging upside down in the top of her head, was covered in water, and her hands were hanging above her head, submerged as well," Coffman said.
Body cam photos showed Coffman as he dove into the water to reach the car seat and cut it free with a knife.
Schultz then grabbed the toddler out of a broken window.
"The toddler that was in the car was about the same age. I have toddlers that age at home," Schultz said.
They were able to reunite the kid with their parents, who were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the hospital.
"All the children were completely fine, had some bruises, um, but they were completely okay," Coffman said.
On Friday, Gov. Jim Pillen and NSP Superintendent Col. John Bolduc honored the two during a ceremony at the state Capitol.
"We have a couple extraordinary heroes here that we want to celebrate," Pillen said.
Coffman was presented with the Nebraska State Patrol Lifesaver Award, and Schultz was presented with the Public Service Award.
"The quick response of Trooper Coffman and zero hesitation to enter the freezing cold water was complete disregard for his own safety, undoubtedly saved the lives of the children in that vehicle," Bolduc said.
Coffman and Schultz said they were glad they were there at the right time.
"When I left the hospital, I know the toddler that was originally trapped in the vehicle was jumping on the bed and playing. And so it was definitely a good feeling," Schultz said.
Pennsylvania State Police welcome 74 new Troopers
Dec 22, 2023
The Pennsylvania State Police on Friday welcomed 74 new State Troopers following their graduation from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy.
The 168th graduating class was held at Scottish Rite. Cathedral in Harrisburg.
“Today marks the culmination of hard work, determination, and excellence that our cadets exhibited throughout their time at the academy,” said Col. Christopher Paris. “I have the utmost confidence that our graduates will now take the knowledge and training they’ve learned to uphold PSP’s mission to protect and serve our great Commonwealth.”
Six cadets received the following special awards and recognition:
Joshua C. Dauberman: the Colonel Ronald M. Sharpe Leadership Award for exemplifying the qualities of leadership.
Anthony R. Bonacci: The John K. Schafer Memorial Award for the highest combined score on a series of physical skills tests.
Philip F. Davitt III: the American Legion Award for all-around academic, physical, ethical, and moral qualifications.
Anthony V. Rose: the Daniel F. Dunn High Scholastic Award for the highest level of academic achievement in the class.
James M. Stamm: The Colonel Paul J. Chylak Memorial Driver Proficiency Award for the highest proficiency in driver safety training;
Isaac R.B. Matthews: The Sergeant Charles B. Gesford High Pistol Award for the highest score on the department’s pistol qualification course.
The new troopers will report to the following troops on Tuesday, January 2:
Troop A, Greensburg
Ryan M. Bookheimer
Joseph S. Carles
Isaac R.B. Matthews
Levi M. Myers
Nathan L. Patterson
John T. Pentz
Michael C. Scherer
Marcus J. Wisor
Troop B, Washington
Tyler R. Baker
Ashley M. Belzer
Jarrett D. Grove
Brendan L. Hill
Robert P. Klaes
Hunter T. Martin
Nathaniel J. Medvit
Jacob R. Mineweaser
Joshua A. Moon
Devin T. Rigby
Devin D. Sheffler
Brandon T. Speese
James M. Stamm
Dylan R. White
Troop C, Punxsutawney
Matthew W. Burke
Trent J. Young
Troop E, Erie
Tyler C. Christy
Carmen G. Gett
Mark A. Manos
Sarah A. Miller
Gavin M. Ponka
Evan J. Reed
Hans E. Spencer
Jace R. Stutz
David J. Thompson
Troop F, Montoursville
Peter A. Cofano
Jacob E. Colburn
Caleb N. Danner
Matthew J. Doherty
Andrew P. Fritz
Edward R. Gensel
Jonah C. Klock
Shea B. O’Donnell
Nicholas R. Patton
Dean D. Smith
Micah J. Smith
Troop G, Hollidaysburg
Zachary A. Baer
Brandon A. Murarik
Troop H, Harrisburg
Brandon W. Crossley
Joshua C. Dauberman
Juan F. Gonzalez
Bradley W. Richards
Brook D. Troutman
Troop J, Lancaster
Casey J. Auerbeck
Aron R. Brotzman
Brandon C. Castillo
Zachary J. Cianflone
Philip F. Davitt
Anthony V. Rose
Nicholas L. Witman
Troop K, Philadelphia
Anthony R. Bonacci
Dylan C. Burnett
Gabriel C. Fetter
Nicolette M. Gallo
Royce M. Guagliata
William F. McCrossan
Troop L, Reading
Hana J. Ford
Alex J. Fuhrman
Joseph J. Guiliano
Ryan C. Lesko
Dallin M. Ocasio
Jordan J. Skoff
Cody P. Taft
Dominic A. Viscomi
Massachusetts State Police helicopter located woman with dementia in Burlington
January 7, 2024
The Massachusetts State Police found a woman with dementia by using their infrared technology aboard a helicopter Thursday night.
State police said the crew of “Air 5” received a notice of a missing woman living with dementia who reported to possibly be driving a red Toyota.
Shortly after beginning their search, the Air 5 crew, including Sgt. Kristopher Malm, and troopers Kenneth Dinjian and Brendan Crowther, spotted a vehicle stopped in a breakdown lane of Route 3 South in Burlington. Using the helicopter’s Forward Looking InfraRed (FLIR) and color cameras, they confirmed the vehicle was a red Toyota and directed patrols from the State Police Concord Barracks and Burlington Fire and EMS to the location.
According to police, a responding patrol trooper confirmed the missing woman was inside the stopped vehicle. She was then transported to a local hospital.
Kansas State Trooper helps deliver baby roadside
A Kansas State Trooper helped make a special delivery earlier this month.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says KHP Master Trooper Da’Von Brame received a call on Jan. 12 around 4 a.m. from the Rosales family that was en route to the hospital but was not going to make it in time before the baby arrived.
Trooper Brame met up with the family on the shoulder of Interstate 35 and, along with the father, helped the mother deliver their baby. Baby Pierson was born within minutes of Trooper Brame’s arrival.
The family went to the hospital, and the Patrol said baby Pierson is doing well.
“Mom, Dad, and KHP’s newest Junior Trooper Pierson made their way to the hospital and all are doing great! Pierson and his big brother will always have a KHP Trooper Bear watching out for them! Congratulations to the Rosales family,” said the KHP on Facebook.