Support for Fallen Trooper Sean Cullen continues to pour in
Two weeks after Trooper Sean Cullen was laid to rest, NJ State Police say they continue to receive letters of support and condolences from all over the United States and Canada. “Although it’s been close to three weeks since the tragic line of duty death of Trooper Sean Cullen, letters of support from across the nation and Canada continue to pour in,” NJ State Police said in a Facebook post Monday. Cullen, 31, was killed in the line of duty as he stood along Route 295 while responding to an accident and car fire on March 7. The Cinnaminson resident who was born in Dublin, Ireland, was engaged to be married and had a 9-month-old son. Cullen was a member of the 154th State Police Class and was stationed at Bellmawr Station. He had been a trooper for about two years. Prior to joining the State Police Cullen was a member of the Mount Holly and Westampton police departments A GoFundMe page was created following the trooper’s death to offer financial assistance to Cullen’s fiancee and young son, and has already raised more than $170,000. State police said since Cullen’s death, they’ve received an outpouring of support in the form of letters as well as blankets, Bibles and sympathy cards directed at law enforcement as well as the Cullen family. “We would like to publicly thank everyone for such considerate and thoughtful gestures. It has not gone unnoticed,” NJ State Police said in a Facebook post. In a statement, NJ State Police said Col. Rick Fuentes has been sending “personally signed thank you notes” to those who have reached out to the NJSP and the Cullen family with messages of support and condolences.
Trooper Jeffery Nichols End of Watch Saturday, March 26, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with Trooper Nichols’ Family and the Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol. Trooper Jeffrey Nichols was killed in a single vehicle crash while on patrol in Lamar County, Texas, at approximately 11:00 pm. His patrol car left the roadway and struck a tree on FM 38, approximately one half mile north of County Road 35450, in Tigertown. Trooper Nichols had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for five years. He is survived by his parents.
Nevada State Trooper to the rescue...
A word of thanks. A local mother says a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper went above and beyond to help get her 10-year-old son to an important school event, but the trooper says, he was just doing his job. It all began with a tire blowout on the freeway. Dylan Chiti said he'd been waiting for months to test his skills. He was a participant in this year's Math Kangaroo competition, an international event where the best and brightest compete for prizes and scholarship money. "To me it felt very important," said Dylan. His chances were nearly blown, along with the tire, while his mother drove along 215 near Sahara on Thursday, March 17. "I looked over at him and I started to cry. The competition oh my gosh he's going to miss it," said Dylan's mother, Sandra Chiti. Chiti says that's when she called Geico Roadside Assistancebut learned a service tech wouldn't be there for at least an hour. Meantime, NHP was dispatched. That's when Trooper Adam Whitmarsh came to the rescue. "Anything positive I could do for her. It was her worst day and being able to help, that made my day," said Trooper Whitmarsh. "He said okay you have a math competition. I said: are you going to take us," said Chiti. Both mother and son jumped into the back of the patrol car and headed to the competition, walking in with just minutes to spare. "She said it's the only time I'm allowed in the back of a police car," said Dylan. "Do this all the time. I've been doing it for five years," said Trooper Whitmarsh. "Stories like that help restore faith in humanity," said Chiti. Their luck didn't end there. Mother and son later returned to their car to wait for the service tech when Trooper Whitmarsh drove by again. This time, he pulled the spare out from under the vehicle and got to work. "At that point, I YouTube'd how to fix it and i changed it for her, " he said. "He got on the ground and changed the tire so we could get home safe," said Chiti. A small kindness for a stranded mom and the boy who just wanted to compete. "I would say thank you. It was very kind and I thought I was going to miss the competition too," said Dylan.
Basketball team wears blue for Trooper Thomas Clardy
St. John’s always wears red and white, but before Saturday’s Division 1 boys’ basketball state final, the Pioneers were wearing blue. The St. John’s players all wore T-shirts with the words “Massachusetts State Police” across the front, but the change in uniform came for a good reason. The Pioneers wanted to support senior Tyler Clardy, whose father, Massachusetts State Trooper Thomas Clardy, was struck and killed Wednesday during a traffic stop on the Mass Pike in Charlton. “My dad is a 28-year veteran of the state police,” said St. John’s senior Joe Murphy, who scored eight points in the Pioneers’ state final defeat. “He knew Trooper Clardy personally, I’ve met him a few times. St. John’s is more than a high school it’s a brotherhood. Tyler Clardy being a senior, he’s a brother.” St. John’s wore its blue T-shirts in salute to Trooper Clardy, who lived in Hudson, during the pregame shootaround and on the bench, while several students and adult fans wore identical shirts to break with the Pioneers’ usual sea of red. Athletic director Pat White said two St. John’s alumni donated 150 shirts. “I got a phone call from the two gentleman who spearheaded this, John Quinlivan and Pat Bibaud,” White said. “They contacted me, and John said, ‘Pat, I’d really like to donate 150 shirts in support of Tyler and try to have the players wear them during the pregame and shootaround.’ ” White passed the idea on to Murphy, who was an immediate advocate, and the players decided to use the big stage — St. John’s was appearing in its first state final since 2011 — to show support for well-liked student and family. “Everybody talks about sports and winning, but it kind of shows you that for the kids who play, it’s about more than winning games,” St. John’s coach Bob Foley said. “It’s also about life and trying whatever way you can to help out a family that I’m sure is struggling right now. That’s why they wanted to support them.” White said Tyler Clardy returned to school on Friday to try to regain a sense of normalcy and that he was proud of Clardy’s poise and strength. “He’s one of those kids who if you ever forget a pencil or need a sheet of notebook paper, he’s there to help,” Murphy said. “He’s a very nice kid. He’s one of those kids you never hear a bad thing about.” Four state troopers also appeared on the sidelines for the game. White said they knew Trooper Clardy and were there to support the school’s tribute. “The Clardy family has been in our thoughts and prayers all week,” Murphy said. “State policemen are out there trying to make the world a better place. They put their lives on the line every day. I know that’s what Trooper Clardy was doing.”
For Senior Joe Murphy's interview click here
Tennessee State Trooper Comforts toddler on accident scene
A glimpse into the day of a local Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper has gone viral. We first shared the image Thursday night of an officer comforting a 3-year-old girl after a chase and car crash. “I felt so bad for that little girl because she was only 3 years old and she was as sweet as could be,” Trooper Mariah Harden said. Harden held that little girl for almost an hour, comforting her after a traumatizing accident. “I thought that if that was my kid I would want someone to hold on to her, let her know she’s OK,” Harden said. “I just thought that would help her, and it was helping me because I just wanted to be here for her.” The story started Thursday afternoon when the THP ended a high-speed pursuit with the child’s mother, who later crashed. “I took off that way because I knew there was a child involved,” Harden said. “I knew I wanted to get there quicker.” Trooper Harden was on scene within minutes, taking the child from the car and into her arms. “I’ve got a kid coming in not too long, so I felt like that could have been anyone’s child,” Harden said. “There’s no way I would risk my child’s life that way.” While first responders investigated and cleared the scene, Harden stayed right with the little girl, even taking the time to help fix her car seat. “Thankfully a Crockett County deputy helped me out because I’m not very good with all the straps,” Harden said. “So he helped me there and we got it set for her before she left.” For Trooper Harden, although what she did for that child is now getting a lot of attention, she said it’s all part of wearing the badge. “That could have been bad. But for a bad day it was a good one,” Harden said. “At least no one was killed, and thankfully that child was able to go home.” Since posting the photo and video online, it’s already been shared thousands of times. Harden said it’s bittersweet because Friday was actually her last day on patrol because she’s expecting a child of her own this August. Trooper harden has worked for the Tennessee Highway Patrol for only a few months. She was a graduate of the latest round of troopers.
Trooper Thomas Clardy End of Watch Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with Trooper Thomas Clardy’s Family and the Massachusetts State Police. Trooper Thomas Clardy died from injuries he sustained in a vehicle collision on I-90, near mile marker 80 in Charlton, at approximately 12:00 pm. He was working an overtime assignment conducting accident reduction enforcement when he made a traffic stop of another vehicle. He had returned to his patrol car when another vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed crossed three travel lanes and struck him from behind. Trooper Clardy was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. The driver of the vehicle that stuck the patrol car was charged criminally with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation. Trooper Clardy served with the Massachusetts State Police for 10 years and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife and six children.
Source:Officer Down Memorial Page
Alameda Hitchhiker says his life was changed by Fallen California Highway Patrol Officer.
An Alameda hitchhiker has nothing but high praise for a California Highway Patrol officer who recently died in the line of duty, even though they only spent an hour together. In an act of kindness, officer Nathan Taylor drove 45-year-old Paxton Brewer from Donner Summit to Colfax during his shift. Brewer admits he’s always been a bit fearful when it comes to police officers, but within minutes of meeting a disarming officer Taylor, he says that fear quickly morphed into a life-changing bond, turning a stranger into a friend. “He made a difference. He made a difference in my life,” he said. Taylor lost his life on Sunday after an SUV hit him in snowy conditions on Interstate 80 on Saturday. Taylor was wrapping up his work on a previous accident when he was struck outside his patrol car. Brewer posted his story alongside a photo of Taylor on Monday after learning of the CHP officer’s death. He described how he was hitchhiking back to his Alameda home after busted equipment forced him to scrap a ski trip. He was at Donner Summit when Taylor pulled up to offer him a ride. “My prejudices kicked in and I expected him to be the stereotypical mean cop, but he was anything but,” he said. The 35-year-old officer agreed to take Brewer as far as he could on his shift to a rest stop near Colfax. He says the slick conditions and long drive gave way to a conversation ripe with laughs and a lot of talk about his love for the mountains. “He told me about his experiences working in San Jose, the CHP in San Jose and how much he really enjoyed working up in the mountains away from the city,” he said. Two weeks after swapping numbers, Brewer learned Taylor died. “It really helped me focus on what’s important in my life,” he said. Now, the picture from their chance encounter is a treasured memento of an unexpected friend who left a lasting impression. “He really changed my mind about what a police officer could be and really inspired me to be a better person,” he said. Taylor leaves behind a wife and three young children.
First Sergeant Joseph G. Portaro End of Watch Monday, March 14, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with First Sergeant Joseph G. Portaro’s Family and the West Virginia State Police. First Sergeant Joseph Portaro suffered a medical emergency while participating in a physical fitness run near the West Virginia State Police Academy, where he served as the Deputy Director of Training. He was transported to Thomas Memorial Hospital, where he passed away. Sergeant Portaro had served with the West Virginia State Police for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Source:Officer Down Memorial Page
New Hampshire State Trooper helps Two Superheroes
Two “superheroes“ found themselves in need of saving Sunday morning after their car broke down on the side of a New Hampshire highway. Two people, dressed as Wonder Woman and Captain America, were headed to a young child’s birthday party when their car broke down on Interstate 93 in Hooksett, according to New Hampshire State police. A trooper picked the pair up and deposited them at the celebration so they would not be late, police said. “The children were very excited to see the Superheroes arrive and get out of a State Police Cruiser,” police said
Officer Nathan Taylor End of watch Sunday, March 13, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Taylor’s family and the California Highway Patrol. Officer Nathan Taylor succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was struck by a vehicle on I-80, near Donnor Summit. He was directing traffic at the scene of a previous accident when a vehicle suddenly changed lanes and accelerated past slowing traffic. The vehicle struck Officer Taylor, causing him to be thrown into the median. He suffered two broken legs and internal injuries. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day. Officer Taylor had served with the California Highway Patrol for six years. He is survived by his wife, three sons, parents, and two brothers. One of his brothers also serves with the California Highway Patrol.
Source: Officer Down Memorial Page
Florida State Troopers Ride to Honor Fallen Law Enforcement
Here are members of the Florida Highway Patrol as part of a cycling team for the Florida Tour De Force. The Florida Tour De Force ride is a 270 mile charity bicycle ride from North Miami Beach Police Department to Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Department. The ride is done to honor and raise money for Florida’s Law Enforcement Fallen Heroes. The ride is organized and manned by devoted volunteers and every single dollar raised is donated to the families of our fallen heroes. This ride started after the line of duty death involving Trooper Smith in Miami in 1997. The FHP Cycling Team and their family have been a part of Florida Tour De Force #FLTDF since it began. Over the years they have logged in over 5000 miles honoring our fallen heroes and their families. The Tour De Force will start its 19th year on April 11th.
Source: Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy Facebook
California Highway Patrol officer rescues a family from a burning car
Two women and two children were rescued by a California Highway Patrol officer when the car they were riding in caught fire Monday morning in Monterey. Officer Kaleo Clissold happened to be behind the vehicle on southbound Highway 1 at about 10 a.m. Monterey Herald photographer Vern Fisher was driving behind both vehicles before the fire and captured video of the incident. “I was behind the CHP when all of a sudden I just saw an explosion of smoke and flames” coming from under the hood of the car, said Fisher. “The lights (on the patrol car) went on and the car pulled onto the exit but didn’t immediately stop.” Fisher said he could see the distressed car dropping smoking, flaming pieces on the road as it crept to the Bay Park Hotel at 1425 Munras Ave. in Monterey before pulling into the parking lot and coming to a stop. The officer “runs up to the driver side but she (the driver) can’t get out because the door doesn’t open,” said Oscar Loza, California Highway Patrol public information officer relaying what officer Clissold reported to him. As Clissold yelled at the driver and passenger to get out he realized there were children in the back seat, said Loza. The officer pulled one crying, coughing child from the car yelling at the passenger who had exited the car on her own, “Here take your kid! What are you doing! C’mon!” before he went back to save the second screaming child from the smoking car. In the video, Clissold can be seen reaching from the passenger side to unlock the back door before pulling the child to safety. Loza said the children were in car seats. The driver escaped by climbing over to the passenger side and exiting the car. “Come here! Your car’s on fire!” Clissold screamed as the driver walked away from the smoking vehicle. All four occupants were treated on scene by fire and ambulance personnel and taken to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula as a precaution because of smoke inhalation, according to Loza.
Second Graders make Blankets to Donate to the Missouri State Highway Patrol
Second graders at Prairie View Elementary made blankets to give to the Missouri State Highway Patrol for people in need. “We actually tied all of those,” said Neil Daniels, pointing to a pile of blankets. “The grownup tied to corners for us because the corners were hard,” said another second grader, Ella Jeffries. Every grade level did its own service project; the kindergartners collected bags filled with necessities for emergencies, first grade collected shoes, and grades three through six did service projects out in the community. Second graders did their part in the school-wide service project making warm and cozy blankets. “In case there`s an accident or a fire and it`s cold outside,” Daniels said. “Help other people if they`re in a car crash and it`s really cold,” Jeffries said. “We collected all the fleece and we prepared by pre-cutting each blanket so the students just had to tie,” said second grade teacher Jen Abernathey. Abernathey says the goal of the project was to teach her students a very important lesson. “To show them no matter how young, how small, what age they are, how much money they have or don`t have, everyone can make a difference in our community,” Abernathey said. And the students included a message so the recipients know who they're from. “We wrote a little note inside it and then we tied it onto the blanket,” said Jeffries. “We`re going to give those to the highway patrol,” added Daniels. “When you`re in that situation where you need something to show that you are cared for and loved, it`s very important,” Abernathey said. The school held an assembly on Friday, and some special guests attended to collect the blankets. “We`re honored to be selected to be given those blankets, I think the bigger picture here is the idea that they`re servicing their community, and they`re involved with their community,” said Sgt. Bill Lowe with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The Rock Shares a Tender moment with Florida State Trooper
On February 29, 2015 Dwayne The Rock Johnson posted on his Facebook page about a tender moment he shared with a Florida State Trooper below is the content of the post and a link to the original Facebook Post.
“I'm always asked "What's the best part of fame?" Here's a story that answers that..Last week on our very last day of shooting Ballers, my security came over and said "There's a few officers who've worked for us all day and would love the chance to meet you. One of them has a personal story to tell you." I said I'd love to meet them and walked over to say hello. I shook hands with both men, took pictures and they graciously said goodbye. As I was walking away, I realized I didn't get the personal story.So I called back to one of the officers and said "I heard you had a story for me?" He was surprised and turned around and called for him and said "Sure Mr. Johnson". He told me in 2008 when I was taking my mom to get her weekly chemotherapy and radiation cancer treatments, he was taking his dad at the same time - who had been diagnosed with the same cancer as my mom. He said, "You won't remember this but we walked into the hospital at the same time and you turned around, smiled and held the door open for my dad... and you have no idea what that moment meant to him. And me."Officer Arias shared with me that he'd been waiting years to tell me that on that day, after I shook his dad's hand and told him to stay strong, that his dad felt no pain that day. And was once again was a happy man and pain free. Even if just for one day. Mr. Arias passed away from cancer later that year, but his life continues to tell an inspiring story. I'm always asked "What's the best part of fame?" Hands down, it's moments like this. Y'all take care of each other out there and Officer Arias thank you for sharing your dad's story with me. And now the world. ~ DJ” Original Post
Unicorn takes members of the California Highway Patrol on a Three hour Long chase.
An escaped "unicorn" gave authorities a run for their money on Wednesday. Sandra Boos -- and the California Highway Patrol -- spent more than three hours chasing her runaway pony, who was outfitted with a unicorn horn, through orchards and roads in California, but she says that isn’t even the wildest part of the story. Boos says what stopped her in her tracks was the reaction of some bystanders. “I heard crazy things like, ‘They are real!’ and ‘I didn’t know unicorns were real,’” Boos, of Fresno, California, told ABC News. “I would just stop running and say, ‘They’re not.’” Boos, a professional photographer, was doing a photo shoot with her white pony, Juliet, near the Madera Ranchos, California, ranch where Juliet is boarded when the pony got loose and ran away at around 5 p.m. Juliet was wearing, as she often does for photo shoots and birthday parties, a pink halter with a gold unicorn horn attached. “She moonlights as a unicorn, which helps offset the expenses of having a horse,” Boos said, adding that the pony was a gift to her 5-year-old daughter, Tatum. Once loose, Juliet ran through more than five miles of orchards and traffic in rural Madera Ranchos. It was not until California Highway Patrol officials activated one of their helicopters in the search that Juliet was able to be corralled into the fenced-in property of a nearby house. “They tracked her down with infrared lights, then they’d switch to flood lights and we were able to see where she was,” said Boos. “A friend hitched her horse and rode into the orchard in the pitch dark -- wearing a reflective vest -- and she called out to Juliet and she ran right to her,” Boos said. Juliet was “a little tired and cranky” after the chase, but not injured, according to Boos. The first call Boos made after Juliet’s capture was to her husband so he could let Tatum know her pony was okay. “She was absolutely elated but also said that she was a very naughty pony and needed to go in time-out,” Boos said.