ALEA Trooper Class 2021-B graduates at ALEA’s Training Center in Selma

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SELMA – The 20 Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Trooper Trainees who composed Class 2021-B, successfully completed their respective training and graduated from the ALEA Training Center in Selma on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

ALEA’s Department of Public Safety Director and Colonel Jimmy Helms served as the guest speaker at the ceremony and commended the class on their hard work and perseverance to become ALEA Troopers. Colonel Helms recently celebrated 25 years with the Agency and over 30 years of law enforcement experience. As he reflected on his time as a Trooper Trainee, as well as his experiences as Director of ALEA’s Training Center, he encouraged all members of 2021-B to build upon the lessons they learned while at the Training Center and continue to meet expectations of excellence.

“There is an expectation of excellence, as it relates to the overall performance of ALEA Troopers, that has never changed. Each one of you will have to overcome obstacles and hardships, but nevertheless you will protect and serve the citizens of the state of Alabama,” he said. “The perception is, that when citizens see you, they believe you are the best the state of Alabama has to offer. When they look at you, they see a professional, and that is what we strive to provide to the citizens and visitors of this great state, quality service and true professionalism.”

On behalf of ALEA’s Secretary Hal Taylor, Colonel Helms also recognized the families and friends for their continued support of Trooper Class 2021-B, made possible with continued support from Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama’s Legislature.

All members of 2021-B were certified by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOST-C), and they were sworn in by the Executive Secretary of APOST-C Chief Alan Benefield.

Class members are Carlton R. Anderson, Guidon Bearer Connor R. Bevis, Brett L. Burgett, First Squad Leader Patrick J. Carter, Starlan A. Ellis, Levi E. Hasselbring, Secretary/Treasurer Lee F. Jenkins III, Sergeant-at-Arms Mary A. Little, President Brian C. Pearce, Xavier P. Pouncey, Montrell L. Rice, Michael D. Sanders, Michael J. Schooley, Kobie B. Smith, Second Squad Leader Tommy M. Stephens, Chaplain Nickolas L. Thompson, John A. Warren, Griffin L. Webb, Steven D. Wilson and Vice President Sedrick S. Woodget.Line

Thank You For Saving My Life’: Unlikely Friendship Formed Between State Trooper & Drunk Driver

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s a friendship so unlikel that it seems impossible. A college student, on the worst night of his life, meets the best person he could’ve imagined.

Meet Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Keenan Jones.

“I work the dog watch shift in west metro Minneapolis,” Jones said. “I work from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.”

It’s work this Army brat-turned officer loves.

“Meet a lot of people, talk to people that aren’t always like me and they’ve got their own stories and experiences that they share with me,” Jones said.

And boy, was that ever true on one fateful night four years ago. Minnesota native Jake Bosacker, a criminal justice major at Texas Christian University, was home for Christmas break.

“I was downtown with some friends and tried to make it back home after having a few drinks,” Bosacker said.

It was a pretty busy night for Trooper Jones.

“I think I had arrested two drunk drivers,” Jones said.

He heard another call about another erratic driver. Jones had already gone back to the station to do some paperwork, but he had a feeling this was a call he needed to answer – and he was right.

“As soon as I got back on [Highway] 100 there, he was right there in my face, just weaving all over the place,” Jones said. “I figured that I’d definitely had to make a stop.”

Bosacker says the next thing he remembered were blue lights and sirens behind him. Jones said as he approached the vehicle, he saw Bosacker “covered in blood.”

“Instantly smelled the strong odor of alcohol that he’d been drinking,” Jones said. “He was pretty, pretty upset, emotional about what was going on, beating himself up because found out that he wanted to be a cop so he thought that his life was over and that he had ruined every chance that he could get with becoming an officer.”

Bosacker said he felt suicidal at that moment.

“[Jones] comforted me and he said that my life isn’t over, and that there might be some work that needs to be done, but the journey can start tonight,” Bosacker said. “I don’t remember specific words that he told me, but I just remember how he made me feel.”

Instead of shaming Bosacker, Jones inspired him.

“A lot of us have made mistakes, we’re not perfect,” Jones said. “The biggest thing is if you make a mistake, try to do better, not be that same person that you were at that time of that mistake.”

And now Bosacker isn’t that person, because of that pivotal moment and poignant speech. He’s now a college graduate, sober and married.

Bosacker and his wife, Natalie, live in Fort Worth, Texas.

“I am so proud of him,” Natalie said.

Bosacker was able to call Trooper Jones via Zoom and offer his gratitude.

“Thank you for saving my life that night, and possibly somebody else’s,” Bosacker said.

He is still dreaming of becoming an officer.

“I feel like if it’s still in God’s plan for that to happen, I think he’ll make it happen, and we’ll just see where the road takes us,” Bosacker said.

And thanks to a trooper on a mission, that road is taking him in the right direction.

“That’s what I’m in this job to do is help be the best person I can be while making somebody else better,” Jones said.

Trooper Jones said he learned from Bosacker, too. He has a goal of becoming a pilot, and he says Bosacker inspired him to keep trying harder at life.

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Heroic Florida Trooper Honored by Florida Cabinet and AAST

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Heroic Florida Trooper Honored by Florida Cabinet and AAST

On Tuesday, March 29th, Trooper, Toni Schuck was honored with a resolution by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Attorney General Ashley Moody and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. She was recognized for her brave actions on March 6th, 2022.  Trooper Schuck intervened by using her patrol SUV head-on as the last line of defense to stop a speeding drunk driver. The speeding driver had run numerous checkpoints and was traveling towards more than 7000 runners who were participating in the Armed Forces Skyway 10K on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. (www.skyway10k.com)

AAST also recognized Trooper Schuck with the “Spirit of the Trooper Award”. This award is presented to individuals that go above and beyond in their communities and represents to the fullest, AAST’s mission for the wellbeing of Troopers across the Country.

Trooper Schuck was recognized for her selfless and courageous intervention, that undoubtedly saved many lives and prevented numerous injuries. Trooper Schuck’s brave actions which exemplify the core mission of State Troopers everywhere.  Her conduct brought great credit to herself, The Florida Highway Patrol, State of Florida, and the law enforcement profession.

Picture 1 L-R, AG Moody, Gov DeSantis, Tpr. Schuck, Ag Com. Fried and CFO Patronis

Picture 3 L-R, PAO Sgt. Steve Gaskins, AAST Executive Director John Bagnardi, FLHSMV Executive Director Terry Rhodes, Tpr. Schuck, FHP Director Colonel Gene Spaulding, Lt. Colonel Troy Thompson and Chief Jeffrey Dixon

AAST is proud to say that all the sworn members pictured are AAST members!

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NCDOT dedicates bridge to fallen highway patrol trooper

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North Carolina Transportation officials will dedicate the O’Berry Road bridge over U.S. 117 in honor of Trooper Nolan J. Sanders. Officials say Sanders died while on patrol when he was involved in a single-vehicle crash on March 27, 2020, on Interstate 795 outside Goldsboro. He was 28 and had been with the State Highway Patrol for five years. Sanders was a member of the Indian Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Mount Olive First Pentecostal Holiness Church where the ceremony will be held. Remarks will be made by members of the N.C. Highway Patrol, state Transportation Board member Melvin Mitchell and Wayne County Sheriff Larry Pierce. His family says they created the Trooper Nolan Sanders Foundation, which assists families of the State Highway Patrol who lose a loved one in the line of duty.

“When you see Trooper Sanders’ face, you can just see the kindness there, the heart of who he is just by looking at him,” Sgt. Chris Knox with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said when he spoke with CBS 17 after Sanders’ death. “This is a trooper you’d want in your community.”Line

Rhode Island State Police Welcome New Comfort Dog

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PROVIDENCE, RI — The Rhode Island State Police introduced the newest, smallest member of the force to the public Friday. K9 Gus is a nine-week-old goldendoodle puppy, who will serve as the department's new comfort dog.

Gus will be partnered with Sergeant Heather Palumbo, who is part of the department's new Special Victims Unit.

"The criminal justice process is a difficult one for victims of trauma and we are hoping to make it a little bit easier," Palumbo said. "The soft interview room is a place where victims and witnesses should feel comfortable to share their story so that investigators can most effectively get information about the case."

Gus was introduced at the department's open house for the new "soft" interview room, a space created as part of the Special Victims Unit, which was launched in March 2021. The unit deals with sensitive crimes including sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, child molestation, labor and sex trafficking.

Once fully trained, Gus will help reduce stress and anxiety for victims, witnesses and the investigator during the interview process. Over the next year, he will undergo basic obedience training and will be part of the department's community outreach.

"Sometimes the hardest thing to do in an investigation is to build a rapport with victims so that they trust you with disclosing their abuse," Palumbo continued. "We hope that using the soft room and K-9 Gus, we will be able to gain a victim’s trust more quickly and empower them to be helpful in their own case."Line

 

142 cadets graduate from the California Highway Patrol academy

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) 142 newest officers graduated from the CHP Academy last week, according to a CHP press release. Following the swearing-in ceremony, the officers received their badges after 27 weeks of training.

With family and friends looking on, each cadet was promoted to the rank of officer and took their first steps as California’s newest defenders of the law.

“I have pride knowing that these women and men will be deploying throughout our great state to serve the people of California,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said. “These new officers answered the call and are embarking on a time-honored tradition of service.”

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Massachusetts State Police 15th annual memorial hockey tournament to fund scholarships

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Massachusetts State Police 15th annual memorial hockey tournament to fund scholarships

“On Friday, March 25, the 15th annual Massachusetts State Police Memorial Hockey Tournament will be held at Foxboro Sports Center.

Proceeds from the tournament — a competitive event that includes active and retired MSP Troopers, including some who played at high levels in their careers — fund academic scholarships in the names of MSP Troopers killed in the line of duty and donations to local charities.

The MSP Memorial Fund, a non-profit association, is seeking sponsors for the event. Three levels of sponsorship are available: Platinum, $1,000; Gold, $500; and Silver, $250; sponsors at those levels will receive an MSP-hockey themed gift.

Businesses that wish to become sponsors should send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..” -Massachusetts State Police.

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Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers hit and killed on I-95 in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA —

Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers and a third person were hit and killed on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia early Monday morning.

The troopers who were killed have been identified as Martin Mack III, 33, and Branden Sisca, 29.

Police have not released the name of the third person. They are still trying to contact his family.

At a Monday morning news conference, police talked about what led up to the crash. They said troopers were called to the scene shortly after midnight because a man was walking in the southbound lanes of I-95 near the stadium complex.

As they were attempting to put him into custody and walk him back to the vehicle, a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the left lane, in between the jersey barrier and the left lane, itself, traveled at a high rate of speed and struck all three individuals," Pennsylvania State Police Captain James Kemm said. "The impact was so great that it threw the troopers over into the northbound lanes of Interstate 95."

When backup troopers arrived, they found several witnesses attempting to perform CPR on the troopers who had been hit. The troopers were pronounced dead at the scene.

"Right now, we are conducting an active investigation that's DUI-related," Kemm said.

Police have not released the name of the driver but said she remained at the scene.

"Our department is heartbroken with the tragedy that occurred early this morning in Philadelphia," Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Col. Robert Evanchick said. "We ask our fellow Pennsylvanians to keep the families of our troopers and the pedestrian in their thoughts. This is an extremely difficult time."

I-95 was shut down for about eight hours as police investigated. It has since reopened.

Mack enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in November 2014 and graduated as a member of the 141st cadet class. Sisca enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in February 2021 and graduated as a member of the 161st cadet class.

Both troopers spent their entire careers assigned to the Patrol Section of Troop K, Philadelphia.

Sisca was also a fire chief with a volunteer fire company.

He had been with Trappe Fire Company No. 1 in Montgomery County for more than a decade, starting in 2009 as a junior firefighter and rising through the ranks.

During a news conference, Sisca was described as a tireless leader.

"He has provided leadership and camaraderie and brotherhood to our fire department and to our community and has served tirelessly with our organization for many years," Deputy Chief John Bolger said.

Sisca leaves behind a wife, an unborn child and his parents.

Police procession

Hours after the crash, a somber procession led by a formation of police motorcycles carried the bodies of the troopers from the scene to the medical examiner's office in Center City.

Flags lowered to half-staff

Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the Pennsylvania flag to be lowered to half-staff at all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds to honor troopers Mack and Sisca.

As per Wolf's order, Pennsylvania flags should remain lowered until sunset on March 25. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate.

"This is a very sad day for Pennsylvania. There are three families mourning the loss of loved ones," Wolf said. "It's a reminder for the state troopers of what a heroic thing they do for us each and every day. They lay their lives on the line for all of us every day. For all three, it's a reminder of how precious and fragile life really is."

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Michigan State Police welcomes 50 new troopers at graduation ceremony Thursday

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The Michigan State Police hosted the 140th Trooper Recruit School graduation on Thursday with a keynote address by the governor.

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave the keynote address at the graduation ceremony for the Michigan State Police’s 140th Trooper Recruit School on Thursday.

The graduating class consisted of 50 new Michigan State Troopers who will begin their assignments at Michigan State Police (MSP) posts across the state next week.

“I’m so proud of the 50 graduates who join the ranks of the Michigan State Police today,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Public service is a noble calling that comes with great responsibility. Every family in every community wants peace of mind that they can go to work, drop their kids off at school and run errands safely. As a former prosecutor, public safety is a core issue for me, and I will keep working with the MSP to reduce crime and keep families safe.” 

The 140th Trooper Recruit School began on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021 at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing.

Recruits received training in patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, cultural diversity and implicit bias, decision making, leadership, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing, firearms, water safety, defensive tactics and precision driving. 

“Today is an exciting day for the Michigan State Police and our 50 new troopers,” said Colonel Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police. “We are looking to them to continue our tradition of delivering the best in public safety and community services. Some days will be difficult, but the work you will do will be fulfilling and rewarding.” 

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MSP 'Trooper 5' now in 40th year of operation

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The Maryland State Police Cumberland Aviation Section will celebrate its 40th year of service to the citizens of Western Maryland in 2022. Overall, the Maryland State Police Aviation Command has celebrated 50 years of service to the state of Maryland.

The helicopter section known as Trooper 5 was the fifth aviation base to be placed into service by the Maryland State Police and is one of seven bases operated within the state.

Since being placed into service in 1982, the base has moved into a larger more suitable hangar and was host to three different helicopter platforms. The section, which is based at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport, serves Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties in Maryland. It is also called upon to assist neighboring counties within Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The Cumberland Aviation Section is staffed and ready for service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The section has a roster of 18 people, which includes civilian pilots, sworn trooper paramedics and aircraft maintenance personnel.

The pilots at Trooper 5 are some of the most skilled and experienced in the business. A few started in the private sector and others were assigned to military units with multiple overseas deployments. One of the pilots previously flew the presidential helicopter known as Marine One and two are currently still serving in the National Guard. The trooper clinicians are sworn state troopers who are nationally certified as paramedics.

Together, they fly the Leonardo AW-139 helicopter, which is configured to serve as a fully functioning advanced life support air ambulance. The advanced skills and training of the aircrew are an asset when dealing with the long distances that Trooper 5 frequently travels due to the unique rural landscape of the area.

Unlike the other helicopter bases, Trooper 5 is the only base stationed outside of Maryland and is the only State Police helicopter that routinely operates over rugged and mountainous terrain.

Because of this, one of the challenges faced by Trooper 5 is operating within the dynamic weather patterns that routinely affect Western Maryland. The local mountain ridges are often impassable by helicopter due to weather systems or clouds.

The local airport, the scene location and the hospital must all be free of low-lying weather or fog in order for a medevac flight to occur. In some instances of poor visibility, the aircraft can take off and land at local airports that support ground-based radar systems that guide the pilots to the ground, referred to as “IFR” flight, or instrument flight rules.

Local EMS providers will sometimes transport patients directly to a local airport during low visibility conditions so the helicopter could land and complete the mission when not able to make a “scene” landing somewhere off site.

The Cumberland Aviation Section flew 144 emergency missions in 2021, to include 110 medevacs, 21 search and rescue and 13 law enforcement missions. This does not include the many training and outreach missions that are routinely conducted

The typical medevac mission is usually for a patient suffering injuries sustained from a vehicle collision or other traumatic-type incident, however the helicopter is routinely called upon to transport patients in rural areas who are suffering medical related incidents, including heart attacks and strokes.

The most appropriate hospital is always chosen based on the patient’s needs. Trooper 5 typically transports patients to UPMC Western Maryland in Cumberland, University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore, J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, and Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

During 2021, the section also transported patients to facilities in Pittsburgh, Charlottesville, Virginia, Fairfax, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

The section completed 21 search and rescue missions during 2021. These missions assisted local emergency services personnel with searching for critically missing persons, typically in rural and remote areas.

In January, the crew was called to help a logger suffering traumatic injuries from a falling tree in a densely wooded and remote area. The crew successfully placed the helicopter in a hover 200 feet above the ground and hoisted the patient to safety.

In May, the crew located a missing 2-year-old child who was lost in the woods at night and suffering from hypothermia.

The crew performed the second hoist of 2021 in July when they hovered 285 feet above the fast moving water at Swallow Falls in Garrett County to rescue a person who fell on the rocks and sustained a head injury.

The crew was called upon 13 times to assist local and state law enforcement on various police missions, to include vehicle pursuits and tracking suspects on foot.

In January, the crew located a suspect hiding in the woods at night after a vehicle pursuit. In April, the crew located a suicidal person in a remote area and was able to guide ground resources to the subject. In May, after being called to assist after a homicide, the crew observed several suspects enter a vehicle and flee the area.

Local authorities were successful with conducting a traffic stop and apprehending several suspects when the crew was able to guide them to the moving vehicle. These incidents represent a small percentage of the successful missions completed by Trooper 5 during 2021. The crew of the Cumberland Aviation Section hosted several community based events in 2021 to include an open house in September, a Halloween “Trunk or Treat” in October and multiple outreach events throughout the year.

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CHP Commissioner announces plan to hire 1,000 new officers

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Highway Patrol Commissioner Amanda Ray made history as the first Black woman to lead the largest law enforcement agency in the nation. She is now announcing a new push to tackle crime across the state and diversify the force.

Commissioner Ray was sworn into office in November 2020 at a time when race battles were being fought outside the state capitol.

“Our streets have been out of control downtown with these protesters,” said then Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn. “These groups like Proud Boys and Antifa get mixed into the crowd, and we have to have about 160 officers not counting highway patrol.”

From political unrest to dangerous and disruptive street racing and sideshows to international headline-grabbing smash and grabs, Commissioner Ray has had no shortage of challenges.

“We’re here to make sure that California is the safest place to live, work and travel,” said Commissioner Ray. “And that’s a tall order, especially during a pandemic.”

Commissioner Ray says she’s up to the challenge.

“I think if you’re a leader, it’s a great time to lead. It’s an opportunity to bridge those gaps that exist in the communities,” said Ray. “It’s an opportunity for me to go and let the public know we’re your CHP. We’re here to work with you. We’re here to do all we can to keep you safe.”

She’s promising to tackle several things as commissioner.

“Freeway violence. Highway violence. Sideshows. Street racing,” said Commissioner Ray who notes 30 people have died because of illegal street racing across California since 2015.

The commissioner says she has secured a grant from the state’s traffic safety office to help bring the issue to a screeching halt. The Communities Against Racing and Sideshows grant will provide $800,000 to target crimes — including undercover operations, proactive patrol operations, local high school presentations, and a public awareness campaign.

“This grant is going to allow us to do just that,” said Commissioner Ray. “It’s going to allow us to be a lot more proactive…to be able to go out there identify the locations where it’s happening and make sure that we bring these people to justice.”

Commissioner Ray says she has three top priorities.

“Number one it is going to be employee wellness. My biggest job is to make sure that the women and men behind these badges stay healthy,” said Ray. “Number two is just being true to our mission, which is providing the highest level of safety service and security.”

Lastly, the commissioner is launching an ambitious campaign to hire 1,000 new officers within two years.

“So, the third one would be having a workforce that is representative of the California that we love,” said Ray. “It’s recruitment. Recruitment and retention.”

She says that as a young girl from Oakland, who grew up loving to play basketball and the comradery that comes with being part of a team, she’s living proof that people from all walks of life can thrive with the CHP.

“If you have a heart of service then come on,” said Commissioner Ray. “We’ll show you how to do the job. That’s what this wonderful academy is for.”

Cadets earn more than $5,500 a month while training at the Academy. New officers can expect to earn more than $100,000 in their first year.

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Nine South Dakota Highway Patrol recruits graduate

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FEBRUARY 18, 2022:

Nine South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper recruits officially graduate today (Feb. 18, 2022) during a ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda.

“In South Dakota, we respect law enforcement for all that they do to keep us and our families safe,” said Noem. “These new graduates will join a long line of state troopers who put their lives on the line every day for communities across South Dakota.”

“These nine recruits have spent the last year training to be Highway Patrol troopers and this ceremony is a celebration of that accomplishment,” said Col. Rick Miller, superintendent of the Highway Patrol. “They all have shown a great desire to serve and protect the public.”

The recruits will receive their Highway Patrol vehicles today and report to their duty stations after the ceremony.

The Highway Patrol is an agency of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

Class 66 recruits and their duty stations are:

Rapid City - Matthew Cooke, Elyse Helkenn, Jeremy Schuelke and Kaleb Siferd.

Yankton - Matt Henry.

Chamberlain - Mitchell Lang.

Vermillion - Oswaldo Padron.

Sisseton - Michael Peterson.

Winner - Jacob Whitaker

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Trooper hailed for rescue efforts

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A Columbus County based Highway Patrol trooper is being commended for his actions that gave a Chadbourn woman a fighting chance to make it after a medical event caused her to wreck on Friday.

According to 1st Sgt. A.M. Pait of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, at 7:56 a.m., Wendy Wilson of Chadbourn was driving with her two teenage children along Braswell Road near Princess Ann Road when she suffered a medical emergency. Pait said her vehicle crossed over the center line and wrecked in a ditch. The two teenagers were uninjured.

Pait explained that Trooper T.K. Bryan, who was on duty near the scene, was dispatched and arrived shortly after. Bryan got there as Wilson’s father was trying to get her out.

Bryan said the car was on the driver’s side, so he and the driver’s father couldn’t get her out safely by themselves. Pait said that Bryan then climbed in the vehicle and started CPR.

“When I found out what was going on, my training kicked in. I jumped in, did what I had to do,” Bryan said.

Bryan said it felt like he was performing CPR for a long time, but it was only a few minutes until Cerro Gordo EMS arrived.

Wilson was transported to Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Whiteville, then to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. As of Monday afternoon, she remains in a coma, but Bryan said doctors hope to wake her Monday night.

Pait commended Bryan’s actions.

“Trooper Bryan is well thought of here in the community and the county, he’s a great trooper and we appreciate his efforts,” Pait said. “I would expect all of our troopers to not hesitate and act in the same way he did.”

Bryan said God put him in the right place at the right time.

“I did what needed to be done. I did what any other trooper would have done,” Bryan said on Monday. “I wish I could have done more, but I did what I was comfortable doing. Any other trooper would have done the same thing.”

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ALEA Senior Trooper Larry Young dies after sudden heart attack

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The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) is deeply saddened and sincerely regrets having to share the passing of one of its Troopers assigned to the Motor Carrier Safety Unit within the Highway Patrol Division.

Senior Trooper Larry Young, 68, of Birmingham, passed away unexpectedly this evening, Friday, March 4, after a sudden heart attack. He leaves behind a multitude of family and friends, along with the ALEA family.

ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor said, “I want to personally extend my deepest and sincerest condolences to Sr. Trooper Young’s entire family, as well as all of his loved ones. Sr. Trooper Young, who was a military veteran, retired firefighter, and a 13-year veteran with our Agency, truly exemplified the heart of a public servant. He excelled as an ALEA Trooper and was the epitome of courtesy and professionalism. The entire ALEA family is devastated at the news of his unexpected passing, and we mourn this tragic loss alongside family, friends, and many other loved ones. Sr. Trooper Young will truly be missed; however, his legacy will live on in the lives of those he impacted throughout his years of unwavering service to the citizens of Alabama.”

ALEA Department of Public Safety Director Colonel Jimmy Helms said, “It is never easy to lose one of your own. As we mourn the tragic and sudden loss of Sr. Trooper Young, we are truly honored to have been given the opportunity and privilege to have worked alongside such a dedicated military and law enforcement veteran, who continuously demonstrated his courage, sacrifice, and devotion by serving and protecting others. Sr. Trooper Young was loved by his local community and extremely well-respected by his fellow Troopers.”

Sr. Trooper Young, who joined the Agency in 2009, was initially assigned to ALEA’s Highway Patrol Division. While in Highway Patrol, he recently transferred to the Motor Carrier Safety Unit’s Central Weight Detail which enforces commercial vehicle weight restrictions within the areas of the Tuscaloosa-Selma Highway Patrol Posts in Troop C. Young was responsible for weighing and conducting inspections on commercial motor vehicles, ensuring they were safe to operate on Alabama’s roadways. In March of 2021, Sr. Trooper Young was presented with the Officer of the Year Award by the Tuscaloosa Exchange Club for his hard work in reducing crashes and fatalities and for the leadership and advice he provided to his peers. A fellow Trooper stated that “his work ethics and supervisory skills as a retired firefighter is still seen today as a State Trooper. He is truly an asset to ALEA, Troop C and the Tuscaloosa Post."Line

CHP officers heroically stop wrong-way driver on 10 Freeway

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CHP officers heroically stop wrong-way driver on 10 Freeway

California Highway Patrol officers placed themselves in harm's way early Thursday to prevent a potentially devastating crash.

The officers, concerned about the safety of other drivers, positioned their patrol SUV in the path of a wrong-way driver on the 10 Freeway west of downtown Los Angeles. The CHP received a report at about 2 a.m. of the wrong-way driver in a BMW heading east on the westbound freeway in Arlington Heights.

Officers conducted a traffic break using lights and sirens, but the driver did not stop.

“They attempted to stop the driver just by the presence,” said CHP Officer Richard Yebra. “The driver continued going eastbound and the officers had pretty much placed their patrol vehicle in the path of the wrong-way driver to prevent injuries to the public.”

The officers then placed their patrol vehicle in the BMW’s path on the freeway.

“Noticing the driver of the BMW was not reacting or slowing for the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights, and fearing for the safety of innocent civilian motorists behind them, the officers made the split-second decision to place their own lives in harm’s way danger by deliberately maneuvering the patrol vehicle directly into the path of the BMW,” the CHP said in a statement. “The officers braced for the violent impact, which successfully halted the wrong way vehicle’s momentum saving innocent lives from injury and potential death.”

Two officers in the SUV suffered minor injuries when the driver crashed into the patrol SUV. 

The BMW driver was hospitalized in critical condition. 

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