FHP: Trooper stood 'as the last line of defense,' used car to stop DUI driver, save runners

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Florida Highway Patrol troopers put their lives on the line to protect thousands of runners at the Skyway 10K when a car careened past roadblocks on the southern side of the bridge during the race Sunday morning. 

It happened around 8:45 while the race was well underway. Troopers say a Sarasota woman sped toward the road closure on Interstate 275 at U.S. 41, but instead of taking the detour, she smashed through traffic cones and around barricades, right past troopers guarding the toll plaza.

Meanwhile, FHP says troopers stationed at the south rest area were alerted to the oncoming vehicle and responded to try intercepting it. 

The troopers stopped on the roadway when they got close to the oncoming BMW, which FHP says was driven by 52-year-old Kristen Kay Watts.

She collided nearly head-on with one of the vehicles, a marked Chevy Tahoe driven by a 47-year-old female trooper.

The trooper and Watts were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

Watts has since been arrested and charged with DUI-serious injury. 

The Florida Highway Patrol on Monday afternoon credited the actions of Trooper Toni Schuck for acting "as the last line of defense" and putting "herself in harm's way to protect others" during a collision near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

A 26-year veteran of the agency, Schuck aimed her patrol vehicle into the path of an oncoming car that had veered around barricades and headed onto the Sunshine Skyway Bridge approach packed with runners Sunday.

Schuck was seriously injured in the ensuing collision and hospitalized Sunday. An FHP statement Monday afternoon said the agency "acknowledges and expresses our appreciation to the many that have expressed their gratitude for the Trooper’s selfless actions.

"Those wishing to contact Trooper Schuck, who continues to recover from her injuries with her family at home, may send their thoughts to her attention at Florida Highway Patrol, 11305 North McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 or via our FLHSMV and FHP social media."Line

Massachusetts State Police trooper killed in Stoneham crash

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Massachusetts State Police trooper killed in Stoneham crash

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STONEHAM, Mass. —

Hundreds of people, Including a number of first responders, saluted a fallen Massachusetts State Police trooper during a procession Saturday afternoon.

The body of State Police Trooper Tamar Bucci was transported from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston to the Barile Funeral Home in Stoneham.

The 10-mile procession started at 3 p.m. at the Medical Examiner's Office, traveled up Interstate 93 north and finished at the funeral home.

Bucci, 34, died when her cruiser was struck by a tanker truck on I-93 north in Stoneham late Thursday night.

"She was beautiful. She was perfect. She was talented. She always wanted to be a cop," said family friend Kim Bowen.

"A very vibrant person. Somebody that was so full of life, to be taken so soon, it really hurts," Col. Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police department, said after speaking with Bucci's family. "To become a trooper was really a dream come true for her, and she was a person that really wanted the job for the right reasons. She wanted to be a change agent and she really wanted to help propel this agency into the future. So it's, again, a very big loss for us."

Late Friday night, dozens of Massachusetts police officers saluted a procession of cruisers that escorted Bucci's body to the Medical Examiner's Office from Massachusetts General Hospital.

5 Investigates has learned the tanker was in the right hand lane before the crash. Investigators believe the trooper's cruiser was struck on the passenger side as she was changing lanes to assist a disabled motorist. The cruiser then slammed into a rock cliff on the side of the highway.

"Late (Thursday) night, on a stretch of road she protected every night on the midnight shift, Trooper Bucci gave her life in the act of trying to help another person in distress. There is no greater act of sacrifice than to give one's life for another," Mason said Friday.

The force of the impact pushed the cruiser, which had its blue lights activated, off the roadway. The tanker was carrying approximately 10,000 gallons of gasoline.

Two good Samaritans pulled Bucci from the heavily-damaged cruiser, and a Stoneham Police officer who was in the area performed CPR before Bucci was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

"The department is devastated by our loss. We are eternally grateful for the attempts of everyone involved to assist Trooper Bucci and (try) to save her life," Mason said.

The driver of the tanker, which is owned by P.J. Murphy Transportation Co., was not injured and is cooperating with police, Mason said. The woman who was in the disabled vehicle was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

"The company is working with investigators and are deeply saddened about the loss of the Trooper. Our hearts go out to her family," Paul Murphy of PJ Murphy Transportation said in a statement.

Bucci was assigned to the Medford Barracks of the Massachusetts State Police Department. Prior to that, she was assigned to the Brookfield barracks after she graduated as a member of the 85th training troop in 2020.

"There is no greater sacrifice than giving your life in service of others. Trooper Tamar Bucci embodied the best of the Massachusetts State Police, and her loss is devastating to her loved ones, the commonwealth and her brothers and sisters in blue," Gov. Charlie Baker said.

Before joining the Massachusetts State Police, Bucci was employed as a security officer at the Encore Boston Harbor resort casino in Everett and had worked as a personal trainer at Assembly Sports Club.

“We knew when she went into public service she would be helping people just as she did here. And we took pride, having her included in our family,” said Pat Catino of Assembly Sports Club. “Too young, too young and so much to offer the world.”

Bucci is a graduate of Middlesex Community College and a 2006 graduate of Andover High School.

"Andover Public Schools offers our condolences to the family, friends, and her colleagues at the Massachusetts State Police as we mourn the loss of Trooper Tamar Bucci, who gave her life in the line of duty last evening when her cruiser was struck by another vehicle," the school said in a statement.

A moment of silence was held Friday night the Andover Girls’ Hockey and Girls’ Basketball games.

"We know she’s been a standup trooper for our community, a blessing to have someone like that doing that, and die for the state," Bill Martin, the Director of Athletics at Andover High School said.

She is survived by her parents, sisters, a step-brother and a step-sister, and the 2,000 members of the Massachusetts State Police.

"In her brief MSP career, she set an example for all of us to follow. Her life was cut too short, too soon," Mason said. "Her selfless act embodies the mission of the state police: to help those in need — a mission we will now carry on in her memory."

The investigation into the crash continues.

Bucci is the 22nd member of the Massachusetts State Police to die in the line of duty.

Baker has ordered that the United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings in Bucci's honor.

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Sgt. Kevin Briggs Stops Suicides on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge

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The California Highway Patrol officer has talked more than 200 would-be jumpers off the ledge

More than twice a month, on average, those who’ve lost all hope come to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, climb over the railing and, tragically, plunge 220 feet into the Pacific Ocean to end their pain.

That number would be higher, if not for California Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Briggs, nicknamed the “Guardian of the Golden Gate.” Since 1994, through sheer compassion and expert listening skills, Sgt. Briggs has helped convince more than 200 people on the precipice of death not to take their lives (so far, he’s only lost one).

“People who come to jump don’t necessarily want to die,” explains Briggs, 50, who calmly introduces himself just a few feet away to the despondent person, often standing for hours in bone-chilling wind or heavy fog.

“I try to find out what brought them to this point,” says Briggs, a cancer survivor and father of two boys. “If I can get them to break down, that’s a good sign, it shows they’re listening and thinking. If someone says they have no plan for tomorrow, I say, ‘OK, let’s make one.’ ”

“Sgt. Briggs not only saves lives, he inspires us all with his compassion and dedication,” says Robert Gebbia, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention director. “He’s a true American hero.”

In March 2005, Kevin Berthia, then 22, a former postal worker who’d battled lifelong depression and was overwhelmed as a new father, was about to jump when Briggs, who happened to be passing by, spotted him.

“I know you must be in tremendous pain,” Briggs told him. “If you want to talk, I’m here to listen.”

It was a life-changing moment for Berthia.

“Sgt. Briggs got me to open up about stuff I’d never dealt with before, like not knowing my real parents,” says Berthia, an adoptee, who now takes medication for depression. “He made me realize we’re all here for a purpose, and life is about finding just what that purpose is. I owe every bit of my second chance to him.”Line

Woman celebrates 10th year of sobriety with trooper who arrested her for drunk driving

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Trooper Kristie Sue Hathaway arrested Amy Martin and took her to jail; their encounter could have stopped there, but it didn't

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By Sarah Calams 

DELANO, Minn. — Ten years ago, a trooper noticed a car that was weaving, speeding up and slowing down in the middle of the afternoon on a busy highway. After approaching the car, the trooper noticed the driver had watery, glassy eyes, as well as an open bottle of vodka in the center console of the vehicle. The driver's daughter – just two years old at the time – was in the backseat.  

Trooper Kristie Sue Hathaway arrested Amy Martin, the driver, and took her to jail. Their encounter could have stopped there, but it didn't.  

"I remember saying right before [Martin] got booked in, 'Please don't do this to your daughter. She needs a mom. I know because my mom left when I was 10,'" Hathaway, who shared that both of her parents struggled with alcohol, recalled.  

Martin's blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit, KARE11.com reported. It was her second DWI arrest. 

After Martin was booked into jail, she promised Hathaway one thing: she would visit the trooper in a year – sober. "I didn't think I'd hear from her," Hathaway admitted. 

However, exactly one year later, Martin surprised Hathaway at work – complete with her hard-earned one-year sobriety medallion. Now, every year, Martin delivers her new sobriety medallion to Hathaway. And, in return, Hathaway gives Martin the medallion from the previous year back.  

"There have been times when you kind of wonder like, 'Why am I in this job?' It reminds me of why. It gives me hope," Hathaway said.  

Over the years, Hathaway and Martin have continued to cheer each other on. Martin supported Hathaway as she ran the Twin Cities Marathon, they attended each other's weddings and Hathaway was invited to Martin's daughter's school to talk about her law enforcement career, according to the report.  

"If this wouldn't have happened, there is no question in my mind, I would not be here today," Martin said. "She saved my life." Line

I am brought to tears; Foundation pays off mortgage on Hanover home for family of state trooper killed in 2015

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A foundation dedicated to honoring and supporting first-responders, veterans and their families announced Friday that it has paid off the mortgage on the Hanover County home where Virginia State Police trooper Nathan-Michael Smith lived with his family before he was killed on duty while responding to a crash in Prince George County in 2015.

In observance of Independence Day, the Smith home is one of 19 owned by fallen first responder families across the country for which the Tunnel to Towers Foundation recently satisfied the mortgages on the houses.

A ceremony attended by state police and Tunnel to Towers representatives was held last week at the Smith family home to celebrate the occasion, which included a ribbon cutting and ceremonial key to the house.

“I am brought to tears thinking about our home being paid off by the Tunnels to Towers Foundation,” Smith’s widow, Jennifer, said in a prepared statement. “This was our first home together, a home we worked and prayed to get for years. When Nate passed it was devastating that he wouldn’t get to live in the dream house we worked so hard to purchase.”

“Being able to say I don’t have the burden of paying a monthly mortgage as a single parent is breathtaking,” she added.

Smith, 27, who left behind two children, was fatally injured in a crash on Sept. 21, 2015, while rushing to render aid in a fatal wreck that occurred minutes earlier in Dinwiddie County. Smith and other troopers scrambled to the earlier crash after hearing radio traffic that made them believe a trooper was in distress, in addition to the crash victim, state police said at the time.

Smith lost control of his Ford Taurus patrol car and ran off the left side of the Interstate 295 exit ramp to Interstate 95 in Prince George. His cruiser overturned onto its side and struck several trees before coming to a rest. He died later that day at VCU Medical Center.

Smith was the department’s 61st sworn employee to be killed in the line of duty.

Smith’s home is the third belonging to a Richmond-area first responder killed in the line of duty to be paid off by Tunnel to Towers in less than three years.

In early December, the foundation paid off the mortgage on the Powhatan County home where slain State Police special agent Michael Walter once lived with his wife and three children. Walter, 45, was shot on May 26, 2017, while patrolling in the Mosby Court public housing neighborhood with Richmond officer Chris Duane. He died the next day.Line

Twenty five new troopers graduate from Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy

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Twenty-five troopers graduated from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. The ceremony took place in the Academy gymnasium, 1510 East Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO. The graduation ceremony was also live streamed on the Patrol’s Facebook page. The 112th Recruit Class reported to the Academy on August 2, 2021. The new troopers will report to duty in their assigned troops on Monday, January 31, 2022.

Governor Michael L. Parson provided the keynote address and Col. Olson also spoke to the class during the graduation. The Honorable Patricia Breckenridge, Supreme Court of Missouri, administered the Oath of Office to the new troopers. Provost Roger K. McMillian, vice president of College Affairs for Mineral Area College, conferred an associate of applied science degree to eight of the new troopers. The Troop F Color Guard presented the colors and Sergeant Andrew Henry (H) sang the national anthem. Pastor Dale D. Richey from Pisgah Baptist Church in Excelsior Springs, MO, provided the invocation and benediction.

Four class awards were presented during the graduation ceremony. The recruits accumulated points toward graduation in the categories of physical fitness, firearms, and academics throughout their 25 weeks at the Academy. The person with the highest number of points in each category earned the respective award. Trooper Brandon T. Dorff accepted the Physical Fitness Award. Trooper Mathew D. Easton accepted the Academics Award. Trooper Nicholas I. Kucsik accepted the Firearms Award. Trooper Nathan W. Downs accepted the Superintendent’s Award, which is presented to the person with the most points overall.

The names (hometowns) and first assignments of members of the 112th Recruit Class are listed below:

Troop A
Isaac L. Kimball (Columbia, MO), Zone 5, Ray & Carroll Counties
Joshua W. Eickhoff (Alma, MO), Zone 8, Lafayette County
Gregory A. Stineman (Cole Camp, MO), Zone 11, Cass County
William M. Henderson (Edwards, MO), Zone 15, Henry County

Troop C
Markus G. Burns (Greenridge, MO), Zone 7, Warren County
Lane C. Coleman (Ozark, MO), Zone 8, St. Charles County
Brandon T. Dorff (Collinsville, CT), Zone 10, Franklin County
Nathan W. Downs (Troy, MO), Zone 9, St. Charles County
Brent W. Katzing (Sedalia, MO), Zone 9, St. Charles County
Maurice Lang Jr. (Raymore, MO), Zone 2, N. St. Louis County
Patrick B. Martin (Jacksonville, IL), Zone 10, Franklin County
Tyson O. Murphy (Imperial, MO), Zone 1, N. St. Louis County
Collin J. Nichols (Troy, MO), Zone 7, Warren County
Joshua T. Parrott (Smithville, MO), Zone 8, St. Charles County

Troop D

Marissa L. Harris (Montgomery City, MO), Zone 15, Stone & Taney Counties
Christopher T. Schmidt (Rogersville, MO), Zone 4, Stone & Taney Counties
Scott J. Walden (Holt, MO), Zone 14, Barry County

Troop E
Kyle L. Hogan (Gainesville, MO), Zone 4, Bollinger/Cape Girardeau/Scott Counties
Nathaniel V. Bishop (Willow Springs, MO), Zone 9, New Madrid & Pemiscot Counties
Tyler S. Reinke (Lincoln, MO), Zone 10, Dunklin County
Richard W. Wylie (Wheaton, MO), Zone 11, Stoddard County

Troop F
Matthew M. Guinnip (Hallsville, MO), Zone 16, Camden & Miller Counties
Matthew D. Easton (Hannibal, MO), Zone 17, Camden & Miller Counties

Troop I

Nicholas I. Kucsik (Bonnots Mill, MO), Zone 3, Crawford County
Elijah D. LeBlanc (Anderson, MO), Zone 2, Phelps & Maries County

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Massachusetts State Trooper rescues resident from fire in Middleboro home for veterans

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Massachusetts State Trooper rescues resident from fire in Middleboro home for veterans

A Massachusetts State Police trooper saved the life of a resident from an inferno that destroyed part of a building that includes a home for veterans in Middleboro early Tuesday morning.

Trooper John Hagerty was on patrol in the predawn hours when he saw that Acorn Hill Home, at 285 West Grove St. in Middleboro, was on fire, the state police tweeted. There, he saw a man trapped on the third floor and used a ladder he found on the ground to help the man escape to safety.

Hagerty declined a request for an interview through a state police spokesman.

The cause of the fire was confirmed Saturday afternoon to be from an unattended candle in the second-floor living room, according to a statement from the state Department of Fire Services. In an unrelated incident, a Kingston woman died in a Saturday fire after dropping a candle that engulfed her clothing on fire.

“Upon arrival, first responders found heavy fire conditions showing from the upper two stories of the home,” the Middleboro Fire Department said in a statement, adding that responders were dispatched at 1:12 a.m.

“Fire crews mounted an aggressive exterior fire attack, then went inside to complete extinguishing the fire. The fire was under control within 45 minutes of crews’ arrival.”

Middleboro Fire Chief Lance Benjamino told the Herald that the man saved was not one of the veterans and that only the main house, and not the extension for veterans, is a total loss.

Benjamino added that there is “a lot of water damage” to the veteran’s extension but that firefighters are working with electricians and others to get the veterans, who are currently being assisted by the Red Cross, back into their residences.

“Given the early hour, we’re very lucky more people weren’t injured or worse,” Benjamino said in a later statement. “Always exercise caution with candles, and never leave a burning candle unattended.”

Both the unidentified man who was trapped on the third story and Trooper Hagerty were transported by ambulance to an area hospital, the fire department said in the statement. Hagerty was treated for smoke inhalation and the resident “suffered serious injuries,” according to state police.

The other 12 residents of the home, two of whom had minor burns, Benjamino said, exited the structure on their own and were assessed on the scene before declining further treatment at a hospital, according to the fire department.

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California couple rescued after being stranded in remote cabin for 2 months

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California couple rescued after being stranded in remote cabin for 2 months

A California couple has been rescued by a helicopter team after spending almost two months trapped inside their cabin by downed trees and heavy snow.

The California Highway Patrol Valley Division Air Operations (CHP) shared in a Facebook post Wednesday that they had been called in to help rescue the couple, who became stranded in the remote Northern California cabin after a Dec. 6, 2021 snowstorm.

The couple, along with their dog, were running out of supplies and the roads were impassable.

The CHP sent in a helicopter rescue team, sharing footage of their descent into the thick forest. In the video, the front of the cabin can be seen blocked by snow.

According to CBS News, the area where the cabin is located saw historic amounts of snow in December, with over 17 feet falling in Lake Tahoe.

The patrol agency said the helicopter was able to land near the cabin, despite strong winds.

The couple and their dog were taken to a landing zone and transported to a safe location by Sierra County deputies.

The identity of the couple has not been shared.

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Virginia State Police Welcome 58 New Troopers

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Virginia State Police Welcome 58 New Troopers

On Jan. 21, the commonwealth graduated its 135th generation of Virginia State Troopers. Fifty-eight new troopers received their diplomas during commencement exercises at the State Police Training Academy in North Chesterfield County. Gov. Glenn Youngkin spoke at the graduation ceremony.

“Completing the training here at the Virginia State Police Training Academy is no easy feat, and when you add the challenges COVID has brought, the bar is raised even higher,” said Col. Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police superintendent. “These 58 trooper–trainees have put their heart and soul into becoming the very best troopers they can be. I am impressed with their resiliency and dedication during the last 27 weeks.”

The new troopers have received more than 1,300 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including de-escalation techniques, strategies to assist people in mental health crisis, ethics and leadership, fair and impartial policing, constitutional law, emergency medical trauma care, and public and community relations. The members of the 135th Basic Session began their 27 weeks of academic, physical and practical training at the academy July 6, 2021.

Upon graduation, the new troopers reported to their individual duty assignments across Virginia. For their final phase of training, each trooper will spend an additional six weeks paired up with a field training officer, learning his or her new patrol area.

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Really grateful - Woman names son after Arizona DPS trooper who saved her life

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Really grateful': Woman names son after Arizona DPS trooper who saved her life

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PHOENIXA woman and an Arizona Dept. of Public Safety trooper had a heartwarming reunion on Thursday after her life was saved during a bad crash five years ago.

Samantha Parada had been searching for the man who saved her life, but she had lost her memory after the collision and didn't have all the details. She went to DPS while she was in Phoenix for Christmas, and they found him. 

Dec. 29 was the first time they talked on the phone, and on Thursday, she finally met with Trooper Christian Casillas.

"It was all through the phone call that I found out, and I immediately started crying once I hung up the phone," Casillas said. "It was pretty touching."

The accident happened back in 2012 on the Loop 202 freeway and 32nd Street. Casillas says Parada's car fell off the ramp, landing on its roof and eventually catching on fire.

Luckily, the trooper was around the corner and got her to safety with the help of firefighters.

Parada suffered from memory loss, rib fractures and other injuries as a result, but she survived and attributes it all to Trooper Casillas.

"I am really grateful something like that happened, and I was able to make an impact in her life at the time," Casillas said. "Within [the] last years of my career, I never thought I would do that to somebody."

Because of this second chance, she was able to become a mom, and that's why she named her son after her savior. Young Christian was able to meet his namesake during their reunion.

"I wanted to tell him everything in person," said Parada. "I wanted to tell him how grateful I am, him saving my life, him giving me a second chance, giving me the opportunity to be a mom…it was a beautiful moment in my life."

DPS officials say this kind of event almost never happens, so it meant a lot to them to meet Samantha.

As for Samantha and Christian, they say they will be staying in touch.

"I owe him my life," Parada said. "I don't know how to thank him enough."

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Tunnel to Towers Foundation has paid off the mortgage on the home of a fallen Massachusetts State Police trooper

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The Tunnel to Towers Foundation has paid off the mortgage on the home of a fallen Massachusetts State Police trooper.

Trooper Thomas Clardy, 44, died on March 16, 2016, when his cruiser was struck by an impaired driver on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Charlton.

The impact of the crash killed the married father of six children.

Clardy was an 11-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police and served in the United States Marine Corps and Army.

Clardy is survived by his wife, Reisa, and children, Tyler, Lily, Gabryella, Emma, Eva, and Noah.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation supports first responders, veterans and their families across the U.S.

The organization has paid the mortgages of nearly 450 homes of fallen service members and first responders.

Tunnel to Towers pays off mortgage for fallen Massachusetts State Police Trooper Thomas Clardy's family (wcvb.com)

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AZDPS Looking for Troopers - Officers

 

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AZDPS Looking for Troopers – Officers

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is currently hiring Cadet and Lateral State Troopers for assignment throughout the State.  Lateral State Troopers have the opportunity to be stationed where they currently reside and motor officers can lateral into the Motor District upon successful completion of field training.  As a State Trooper, there are opportunities to work anywhere in the State in a variety of positions.  The Arizona Department of Public Safety not only patrols Arizona’s highways but also has specialty units such as Vehicle Theft Investigations, Gang Enforcement, Special Investigations, Governor's and Executive Security, Financial Crimes, ACTIC, SWAT, and EOD.

Cadet State Troopers *$56,041.44 - $64,118.08 

State Trooper *$65,382.72 - $91,601.12** 

*Eligible for the recruitment incentive program

**Salary includes 15% Critical Services Premium Pay effective through June 24, 2022

If you are looking for an exciting career with excellent benefits and pay, visit https://www.azdps.gov/careers/trooper/next.

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Highway 55 renamed Sgt. David R. Gibbs Memorial Highway for fallen trooper

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Highway 55 renamed ‘Sgt. David R. Gibbs Memorial Highway’ for fallen trooper

By Steve Rogers

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet unveiled new signage renaming a portion of Kentucky Highway 55 in Taylor County in honor of KSP Sgt. David R. Gibbs, who was involved in a fatal crash in 2015, while on duty.

KSP was joined by Sergeant Gibbs’ family, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Deputy Secretary Ronnie Bastin and KYTC Chief District Engineer for the Department of Highways, Paul Sanders.

During the roadway dedication, KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett Jr. thanked Sgt. Gibbs and his family for serving the commonwealth.

“Sgt. Gibbs spent most of his seventeen years of service at Post 15 Columbia, except for six months at Post 12 Frankfort when he promoted to sergeant in 2006. He loved being a trooper and he loved serving the people of this community on a daily basis.”

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet facilitated the official renaming project and provided new signage on Kentucky Highway 55. Chief District Engineer Paul Sanders attended the ceremony and spoke on behalf of Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray, when he said the Cabinet is honored to recognize Sergeant Gibbs’ service and sacrifice with this signage.

“We hope this action today of naming Kentucky Highway 55 in his honor will leave a continuous reminder to his dedication to public safety in the community that he cared so much for,” said Sanders.

As a longtime law enforcement leader in Kentucky, Ronnie Bastin, Deputy Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, spoke at the ceremony stating that he understands first-hand that losing a colleague is never easy, and it is especially difficult when their life is taken while on duty.

“No job was taken lightly and Sgt. Gibbs was always determined to provide that selfless sacrifice that is engrained in so many law enforcement officers,” said Deputy Secretary Bastin. “Sgt. Gibbs, like many of his KSP colleagues, left home knowing he might not return but  his work would not be done in vain. The loss of Sgt. Gibbs has left a void in this state, community and agency.”

KSP Sergeant Adam Likins, one of Gibbs’ closest friends, spoke on behalf of the Gibbs family at the ceremony.

“Everyone who knew David, loved him,” said Likins. “His smile and his kindness were known by everyone. He loved his friends and his family but most of all he loved being a Kentucky State Police Trooper.”

The Gibbs family assisted officials with unveiling the official highway sign during the ceremony, which was held at Swan’s Landing in Campbellsville, Ky.

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PA State Police graduates 59

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Pennsylvania State Police Welcomes 59 New Troopers

Harrisburg, PA – Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, announced today that 59 cadets graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey and have been assigned to troops across the commonwealth. The men and women represent the 162nd graduating cadet class.

The ceremony returned to the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg for the first time since December 2019 in front of a limited amount of family members. Cadet Matthew J. Condrad spoke on behalf of the graduating class. The ceremony was live streamed on the academy Facebook pageOpens In A New Window and YouTube channelOpens In A New Window.

"All of the men and women we celebrated today obtained the most important rank, the rank of Trooper," said Colonel Evanchick. "The long-standing tradition of providing the finest police services throughout the commonwealth is now bestowed upon them. May they all uphold the service, integrity, respect, trust, courage, and duty of the force."

Five cadets received special awards and recognition:

  • The American Legion Award, presented to the most outstanding cadet in recognition of all-around academic, physical, ethical, and moral qualifications: Matthew J. Condrad
  • The Colonel Ronald M. Sharpe Award, presented to the cadet who most exemplifies the qualities of leadership: Jeremy J. Seabridge
  • The Colonel John K. Schafer Award, presented to the cadet who achieved the highest combined score on a series of physical skills tests: Timothy J. Shields
  • The Commissioner Daniel F. Dunn Award, presented to the cadet who earned the highest level of academic achievement in the class: Melvin L. Eby III
  • The Colonel Paul J. Chylak Award, presented to the cadet who demonstrated the highest proficiency in driver safety training: Christopher A. Cashin
  • The Sergeant Charles B. Gesford Award, presented to the cadet who scored the highest on the department's pistol qualification course: Matthew J. Condrad

The graduates have been assigned to the following stations:

Troop A, Greensburg
Joseph V. Churner

Troop B, Belle Vernon
Jessica M. Bishop
Matthew V. Ferraro
Cody R. Stemrich
Jason M. Stover
Ally N. Wilson

Troop B, Uniontown
Brian F. Beauchemin
Shane T. Dorner
Gabriel B. Gresko
Christopher R. Keffer
Joshua Keiper
John W. Lance
Joshua E. Pavlosky
James A. Pierce II
Jacob D. Richards
Jeffrey J. Schlasta

Troop B, Pittsburgh
William O. Alua
Nathan D. Bartel

Troop B, Waynesburg
Chase W. Colucci
Cody H. Karaman

Troop C, Lewis Run
Brandon J. Long
Kevin M. Shaffer

Troop C, Punxsutawney
Alexis J. Stitt
Alexander S. Watters

Troop C, Ridgway
Brandt M. Beck

Troop D, Kittanning
Christian M. Kovach
Erica Nearhoof
Darryl G. Webb Jr.

Troop E, Corry
Dane S. Barker

Troop E, Erie
Matthew R. Wier

Troop E, Girard
Trevor J. Gallo
Ryan M. Northcott

Troop F, Coudersport
Melvin L. Eby III
Bryce A. Reichenbach

Troop F, Stonington
Jeffrey A. Brown

Troop H, Chambersburg
Shane E. Clark
Morgan E. Kaschak
Gregory J. Monaghan
Timothy J. Shields

Troop H, Harrisburg
Matthew J. Condrad
Michael T. Frick

Troop J, Avondale
Jeffrey F. Beach
Christopher A. Cashin

Troop J, Lancaster 
George F. Puma

Troop J, York
Alecia I. Rohrer

Troop K, Philadelphia
Nathanael Fre
Nicholas T. Fusco
Lucas P. Metzger
Anthony J. Pickens
Andrew Tsai

Troop K, Skippack
Rebecca L. Lengvarsky
Kole S. Rodrigues

Troop P, Laporte
Brad M. Kalinowski
Jeremy J. Seabridge

Troop P, Towanda
Brett M. Cohen
Alexander K. Gushka
Craig P. Kalinoski Jr.
Steven S. Marianelli
Matthew J. Mondak

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UT State trooper rescues owl hit by truck on I-215

 

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UT State trooper rescues owl hit by truck on I-215

BY JOSH ELLIS, KSL TV
KSLTV.com

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — A member of the Utah Highway Patrol is being credited for going above and beyond to help an owl that was hit by a truck on Interstate 215 over the weekend.

Authorities said UHP Cpl. Cole located the owl Saturday night after it had been hit by an F-250 that was driving in the area.

Cope rescued the owl, gave him a name — Owlpacino — and took care of him for the night.

The next day, Cope loaded the owl into his cruiser and made the trip to take Owlpacino to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in Ogden.

The center has treated over 31,000 animals since 2009, giving many a second chance at life in the wild.

“We hope Owlpacino makes a full recovery!” the UHP posted on Facebook.

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