42 cadets to graduate Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy

42 cadets to graduate Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy

42 cadets to graduate Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy
by: K. Querry-Thompson/KFOR

Posted: Dec 3, 2021 / 08:59 AM CST / Updated: Dec 3, 2021 / 08:59 AM CST
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is gaining 42 new cadets who are graduating from the 67th Academy on Friday.
The academy started with 65 potential cadets on July 28.
They underwent 18 weeks of intense training on traffic and criminal law, arrest procedures, accident reconstruction, first aid, and Spanish.
They also received training in use of force, communication skills and de-escalation tactics, firearms, driving, criminal interdiction, and physical fitness.
“We are extremely proud of these forty-two cadets graduating from our Academy,” said Chief of the Patrol Patrick F. Mays. “After graduation, they enter their field training and will be dispersed throughout the state, ready to serve and protect our citizens.”
Officials say there are three legacies graduating from the academy who all have fathers who are retired troopers.
Following Friday’s graduation ceremony, cadets will enter the ‘break-in’ phase of their training. They will ride with another trooper for 13 weeks before going out on their own.


NY State Police release footage of trooper saving choking two-year-old

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NY State Police release footage of trooper saving choking two-year-old


A New York State Police trooper said he was in the “right place at the right time” after saving a choking toddler's life late last month.

Trooper David Draudt usually patrols out of the Binghamton barracks but on Nov. 29 he was assisting in the Endwell area when there was an emergency call for a 2-year-old boy who was choking, not breathing and unresponsive.

Patrolling nearby when the 11:45 a.m. call went out, Draudt was the first emergency responder to arrive at the scene.

With his body camera recording everything that happened, Draudt slipped into gloves while the toddler’s grandmother gestured from the front door window for him to come into the house.

Draudt was told by the 2-year-old's mother that he was new to dry foods. He was choking on a pancake and had stopped breathing.

Body camera footage shows Draudt remaining calm, even after his initial attempt to open an air passage for the child does not work.

“My first step was to try clearing the airway with my finger but his jaw was locked closed,” Draudt said in voice over to New York State Police body camera footage released on social media.

“So then I began giving the back blows until I could hear him start to breathe again. At least I knew what I was doing was working. After that, I was able to sweep whatever was left of the pancake in his mouth out of his mouth.”

The rescue has left a Broome County mother thankful that she has her son.

“The mother is very happy that (the child) is able to be home with them because of Trooper Draudt’s actions,” said New York State Police Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer.

Dembinska said it is not unusual for troopers to be the first on the scene of an emergency, making their training especially important.

A Western New York native, Draudt joined the State Police in September 2019.

“I am just happy I was at the right place at the right time and I was basically able to go in there and make it happen,” he said.


Foundation pays off mortgage for the families of five fallen officers, including Virginia State Police Trooper

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Foundation pays off mortgage for the families of five fallen officers, including Virginia State Police Trooper

VIRGINIA- According to reports, to honor the memory of the service members and civilians who were killed during the December 11, 1941 attacked on Pearl Harbor, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation paid off the mortgages on the homes of five fallen first responders who also served their country, including Virginia State Police Trooper Chad Dermyer. 

Dermyer was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2016 while speaking to a suspicious person inside a Richmond Greyhound bus terminal. Dermyer was also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving his country for four years. Chad’s wife, Michelle Dermyer, said in a statement:

“It is hard to find the words to describe how blessed our family feels to have our mortgage paid off.

What an amazing way for the Siller family to honor Stephen and continue his legacy, by blessing so many first responders and Gold Star families. We will be forever grateful for this life-changing gift.”

Dermyer was fatally shot inside Richmond’s Greyhound bus terminal during an encounter with 34-year-old James Brown II of Aurora, Illinois, who pulled out a handgun and opened fired on Dermyer moments after the trooper approached him on March 31, 2016. 

Dermyer left behind his wife, Michelle and two children. Before his career in law enforcement, Dermyer served four years with the U.S. Marine Corps as a machine gunner. 


Hunter with severe hypothermia rescued by Alabama trooper

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Hunter with severe hypothermia rescued by Alabama trooper

UNION SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama state trooper is being credited with saving the life of a missing hunter.

Trooper Charles May found the man on January 22 suffering from severe hypothermia, gave the man his clothes and then carried him about 100 yards (91 meters) out of the woods, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said on Facebook on Thursday.

Paramedics later determined the man might not have survived another hour in the cold conditions.

May, with the Opelika Highway Patrol, had received a request for help from the Bullock County Sheriff’s Office. The hunter was swept away when a beaver dam broke and had been missing since the previous day.

May contacted someone with a boat and was searching in the woods when he heard a faint cry for help. The man was lying on the ground and said he could not feel his legs, according to the ALEA Facebook post.

May, believing the hunter was suffering from hypothermia, replaced the man’s wet clothes with his clothes.

After carrying him out of the woods, he placed the man in his patrol vehicle and contacted a sheriff’s sergeant to have an ambulance meet them at a nearby intersection. The man’s identity was not released.


NSP welcomes 13 new troopers to force

NSP welcomes 13 new troopers to force

NSP welcomes 13 new troopers to force

By 6 News Staff reports

Published: Dec. 17, 2021 at 5:08 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Nebraska State Patrol announced Friday that 13 troopers received their badge of office and will begin service.

Officials report NSP Camp 65, featuring four women and nine men, has completed 22 weeks of intense training. They received their badges Friday and will begin their careers serving in various areas of Nebraska:

  • Trooper Brady Wallace #182 — Scottsbluff
  • Trooper Griffin Vater #443 — Beatrice
  • Trooper Mara Tighe #421 — Columbus
  • Trooper Jaquelline Rivas #442 — Grand Island
  • Trooper Philip Parish #428 — North Platte
  • Trooper Logan Miller #386 — Broken Bow
  • Trooper Colton Kirkendall #368 — Beatrice
  • Trooper Regan Holst #358 — Beatrice
  • Trooper Sarah Evans #186 — Omaha
  • Trooper Ryan Edmondson #111 — Nebraska City
  • Trooper Dylan Duhsmann #17 — Columbus
  • Trooper Michael Blazek #11 — Beatrice
  • Trooper Moamal Ali #229 — Kearney

“Every graduation marks a milestone, not only for our new troopers, but for our entire agency,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “These new troopers join a proud history of dedication to public service that is on display every day across Nebraska. They are well trained and eager to serve. We are proud to have them join our team.”

The Nebraska State Patrol posted a video on their Facebook page of NSP Camp 65′s graduation.

Gov. Pete Ricketts had the opportunity to speak at the graduation ceremony Friday, he said, “I can’t think of a more noble calling than serving the people of Nebraska, this great state. You are joining the premiere law enforcement organization in the state of Nebraska and you have just attended an academy that is one of the most rigorous in the nation, and you’ve succeeded. You should be very proud of those accomplishments.”


Massachusetts State Police mourn death of department's longest-serving trooper

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Massachusetts State Police mourn death of department's longest-serving trooper

Massachusetts State Police is mourning the loss of the department's longest-serving active-duty trooper.

Trooper Robert Whittier served the department for 47 years. He was a graduate of the 59th Recruit Training Troop and was assigned to several barracks before joining the Motorcycle Unit in 1992.

Earlier this month, Whittier was presented with badge No. 1 to recognize his service and status as the senior most trooper in Massachusetts.

He died Friday morning.

"Across all the decades, at events and incidents large and small, Trooper Whittier provided dedicated and exceptional service to our state and its people," 

police wrote in a statement posted to social media.


TN Trooper Dies

TN Trooper Dies

By Paige Hill

Published: Jan. 30, 2022 at 1:17 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 30, 2022 at 5:01 PM EST

GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol announced the loss of of one its beloved Greene County troopers.

Trooper Vince Mullins, 54, passed away Friday morning at Johnson City Medical Center, his obituary confirmed. While serving for THP, he was assigned to the Greene County Scales Complex in the Fall Branch District.

A veteran who served in the US Army for over six years, was a proud state trooper who won Trooper of the Year in both 2013 and 2016. In his free time, Trooper Mullins enjoyed spending time with his family and dogs, named Sophie, Copper, Luna and Rook.

The devoted husband, son, father, and grandfather loved working on cars and riding motorcycles with his dad and wife.

“Please keep his family, friends, & fellow Troopers in your thoughts and prayers,” THP Fall Branch wrote. “Trooper Mullins had the biggest smile and superior knowledge in Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.”

Several other agencies and officials shared their condolences online following the news.

“May God bless and keep us safe until we meet again,” THP Knoxville tweeted.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Trooper Mullins and his fellow Troopers at THP,” Jefferson Co. Sheriff’s Office wrote.

“He was known for his tenacity to keep the roads safe putting drunk drivers in jail,” Greene County Circuit Court Clerk Chris Shepard posted to Facebook. “Who knows, he may have saved one of our lives by getting an impaired driver off the road one of those nights.”

The Mullins family are set to receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home. The funeral home has asked all who plan to join the procession to arrive at 10:00 a.m.


81st Indiana State Police Recruit Academy Graduates

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Mon, 12/06/2021 - 12:51am by laughingcat

On December 2, 2021, the 81st Indiana State Police Recruit Academy completed its graduation ceremony in the Indiana State Capitol Rotunda. Opening remarks were made by Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter followed by a commencement address from Governor Eric Holcomb.

After the commencement address, the oath of office for the 29 new State Police officers was delivered by The Honorable Justice Christopher M. Goff, of the Indiana Supreme Court. Each new trooper was then presented their badge and official identification by Superintendent Carter and his staff.

Today’s graduation marked the culmination of 25 weeks of intense training which totaled nearly 1,100 hours. Some subject areas of training included criminal and traffic law, de-escalation, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms, impaired driving detection, scenario-based training, and a host of other academic subjects related to modern policing.

Each graduating trooper will be assigned to one of 14 State Police Posts across Indiana. Once at their assigned district, the new troopers will spend the next three months working side by side with a series of experienced Field Training Officers. The purpose of the field training is to put to practical application the training received throughout the formal academy training. Upon successful completion of field training, the new troopers will be assigned a state police patrol vehicle and will begin solo patrol in their assigned district.


NC Trooper hailed a hero after pulling woman, boy from burning car - WSOC TV

NC Trooper hailed a hero after pulling woman, boy from burning car - WSOC TV

November 24, 2021 at 5:41 pm ESTBy Dave Faherty, wsoctv.com

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper is being called a hero after he pulled a mother and a 5-year-old boy from a burning car following a deadly crash in Catawba County on Tuesday night.

The wreck happened along Highway 321 near the River Road Exit, south of Hickory, at about 5:50 p.m.

According to the Highway Patrol, Trooper K.L. Huss clocked a Dodge Charger heading northbound on Highway 321 speeding faster than 100 mph in a 65 mph zone. Moments later, another trooper saw the same Charger going faster than 130 mph and weaving through traffic.

Trooper Huss tried to catch up to the Charger and came upon a large cloud of dust and debris and realized the car had crashed. Investigators said the Charger went through a guardrail and down a steep embankment and hit a tree before catching fire. Huss wasn’t close enough to see the crash.

The Highway Patrol said Trooper Huss found the driver, identified as 27-year-old Andre Darrell Lee of Grover, South Carolina, unconscious. Huss then found a child and a woman in the wreckage screaming for help. Huss was able to free the boy, who was in a booster seat, from the car and handed him to a bystander.

As the car was smoking and the flames were beginning to spread, authorities said Huss crawled back into the vehicle and was able to cut the woman free from her seatbelt and pulled her through the back window to safety.

Shortly after getting her out of the car, the Charger was engulfed in flames.

Lee did not survive.

“In this day and age, it was heroic,” Sgt. Matt Futrell said. “He didn’t even think of his own safety, his well-being. (He) immediately put that aside and did what we all, in this profession, do. We have an oath, we serve and protect, and that’s what he did.”

The 5-year-old boy and 23-year-old woman, both from Grover, South Carolina also, were taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center but will be OK, troopers said. The child was later transferred to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem for observation.

Investigators think Lee may have been trying to flee “due to illegal contraband in the vehicle.”

Derek Papesh was on his way home from work when he saw the car blow by him on Highway 321 and then moments later spotted the crash scene.

“I could hear some people yelling for help,” Papesh said. “The trooper had gotten the child out.”

Papesh says he tried to help Huss rescue the woman and the boy. Channel 9 also spoke with a woman who cared for the little boy as flames began to spread across the car.

“He got the woman out but as he was bringing her up the hill, the car caught fire and blew up,” she said. “If it wasn’t for the trooper being as quick as he was, I don’t think anybody would have made it.”

Papesh believes Trooper Huss is a hero for risking his own life to save others he didn’t know.

“After I wrote a statement, he did say ‘thank you’ and shook my hand, but he was truly the hero of the night because without what he did, those people could have died,” Papesh said.

The crash remains under investigation.

‘It was heroic’: Trooper pulls mother, son from burning car after deadly wreck – WSOC TV


TN Sergeant Dies

Sergeant Massengill

By Paige Hill

Published: Jan. 23, 2022 at 9:47 AM EST|Updated: 12 hours ago

NEW TAZWELL, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol is mourning the loss of one of its beloved sergeants who died Thursday with family and fellow troopers by his side.

Sgt. Randall Massengill oversaw the Knoxville district’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). He reportedly died on Jan. 20 due to an off-duty medical episode that briefly resulted in a hospital stay. Law enforcement officials said he was a trooper respected by all and served his state with dignity.

“He helped countless families find the justice they deserved due to his tireless efforts reconstructing numerous crashes,” THP tweeted. “Please keep his family and work-family in your thoughts and prayers.”

The visitation will be on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and the funeral is set for Wednesday at 11 a.m. Both will be at the Midway Baptist Church in New Tazwell, according to officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.


Texas Department of Public Safety officer dies in border incident

Texas Department of Public Safety officer dies in border incident

DPS Announces Passing of Special Agent Anthony Salas

AUSTIN – It is with great sadness the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announces the death of DPS Special Agent Anthony Salas.

On Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, around 7:30 p.m., Special Agent Salas was conducting tactical operations in Maverick County as part of a DPS Special Operations Group working jointly with the US Border Patrol BORTAC when he was involved in a tragic accident near Eagle Pass. Local EMS personnel transported him to Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center and later he was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio. Special Agent Salas passed away just after 11 a.m. on Jan. 22, 2022, with his family by his side.

Special Agent Anthony Salas, 37, joined the department in 2013 and was stationed in El Paso. He served as a Trooper with the Texas Highway Patrol before promoting to a Special Agent in the department’s Criminal Investigations Division. Special Agent Salas was a member of the DPS West Texas Special Response Team, and he served in the United States Marine Corps before joining the department.


NY Trooper saves choking Watertown woman; on-scene granddaughter goes into labor

Trooper saves choking Watertown woman on scene grandddaughter goes into labor

Trooper saves choking Watertown woman; on-scene granddaughter goes into labor

By BEN This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Nov 22, 2021

WATERTOWN — A 90-year-old woman who was choking this week at a local diner set off a string of events that led to her life being saved by an off-duty state trooper and her nearby granddaughter going into labor.

June Wight, a lifelong Watertown resident, was losing consciousness Wednesday morning at Shorty’s Place on Coffeen Street as her last bite of blueberry pancake wouldn’t go down. Her granddaughter, Emily, was sitting across from her. Emily, who at the time was two weeks from her baby girl’s due date, began shouting for help in the diner. Roughly 70 feet away, with his back against the wall facing the entire diner, off-duty state Trooper Joshua Cox started to realize what was going on and sprinted in their direction.

The incident sent the diner into shock and Emily into labor just hours later.

It was shortly after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Mrs. Wight had an appointment as part of her application to enter Samaritan Summit Village. She likes to treat whoever drives her to appointments to breakfast afterward. On Wednesday, it was Emily. They were planning to go to McDonald’s, but Emily’s mom and Mrs. Wight’s daughter, Melanie, suggested they go to Shorty’s. “It’s just good, homemade and local food,” Melanie said. “It’s a local business we like to support.” Mrs. Wight got her blueberry pancakes and began eating. On the other side of the diner, Trooper Cox and his wife, Jana, were finishing their meal.

After dropping off their kids at school Wednesday morning, they worked out at the Fairgrounds YMCA and celebrated with breakfast at Shorty’s. He got the meat-lovers omelet like always, and Jana got pancakes. They were seated at a table in the back corner of the restaurant.

“My wife knows when we go somewhere I have to be able to see what’s going on,” Trooper Cox said. “I can’t have my back to the door.”

On the other side, Mrs. Wight’s last bite of blueberry pancake was bigger than the rest, but she thought she could get it down.

“Well,” Melanie said, “it didn’t go down.”

Mrs. Wight began struggling, and Emily waited in limbo across the booth, wondering if she was actually choking or if it would just be a quick struggle. Emily asked her grandma if she was OK, and Mrs. Wight indicated she wasn’t. Her granddaughter immediately asked the diner if anyone could help. Emily attempted the Heimlich maneuver at nearly nine months pregnant. Melanie said a few more people came to help, but at that point Mrs. Wight was losing consciousness, turning a faded-blue color and falling to the ground. Nothing was working.

“And then this young trooper came over and took command,” Melanie said.

From Trooper Cox’s perspective, he saw the shuffle when Mrs. Wight began choking. At the time, he thought a few people were helping her out of the booth. He thought maybe they were getting Mrs. Wight a wheelchair, but then he saw the panic as he continued to watch. He sprinted down the aisle, past several customers and to Mrs. Wight’s booth. They told him she was choking, but he wanted to make sure. Doing the Heimlich maneuver or back strokes could be harmful to her if she wasn’t choking.

Trooper Cox got closer to Mrs. Wight and saw she was turning more blue and not responding. He took her from someone holding her and did the Heimlich — which he is trained and knows how to do — for the first time since he became a trooper nearly seven years ago.

He did a few thrusts but nothing changed. Mrs. Wight was on the ground at this point, so Trooper Cox open-hand slapped her in the back a few times. Nothing changed, so he went back to the Heimlich. He did the circuit a few times and was checking her consciousness between each move. After a few more attempts — all eyes are on the situation — Trooper Cox did the Heimlich again. He saw some color coming back to Mrs. Wight. Then he saw some food on the ground.

“Without saying anything, she slowly turned to me and said ‘Woo, I thought I took my last breath,’” Trooper Cox said. “And I said ‘Not today, honey.’”

Mrs. Wight was gaining strength as Trooper Cox sat her down and stayed with her until EMS personnel arrived on scene. He spoke with EMS about what happened, then got out of the way with his wife.

Melanie was at work when she got the call about what happened. She drove to Shorty’s and saw her mom getting into the ambulance.

“My mom said, ‘Oh I have to make a grand entrance,’ as she was getting into the ambulance,” Melanie said with a laugh.

Melanie then went inside to see what happened. Trooper Cox was in the background of the scene with his wife when Melanie said she thought her mother was going to have a heart attack.

“He and his wife were just kind of standing there,” Melanie said. “They didn’t say anything. I said out loud that I thought my mom was going to die, and he said, ‘Not today,’ and then they just turned and walked away.”

Melanie said if it wasn’t for Trooper Cox, the situation would have gone much differently and her mother might not be here. Mrs. Wight was taken to Samaritan Medical Center for evaluation. She had a few bruised ribs but was largely OK, all things considered.

“Today I actually do feel like I’m 90,” Mrs. Wight said. “Two weeks ago I felt like I was 38.”

Everyone went their separate ways, but Emily was about to go into labor. She was heading to the hospital at 4 a.m. the next morning, despite her doctor telling her a day before the choking incident that she was likely on schedule to have her baby in two weeks.

“It definitely shocked her into labor,” Melanie said.

In less than a day, Mrs. Wight was saved from choking and her great-granddaughter, Chirsta, was delivered safely.

“I don’t know what would have happened if he (Trooper Cox) wasn’t there,” Melanie said. “My mom could have had a heart attack like I was afraid of. You hear of a death and a birth and the fact that my daughter is going to give birth. I thought ‘No this can’t be the death that goes with the birth.’ It was very frightening, so if he hadn’t been there, we definitely know that things might have been much different.”

Trooper Cox said he strives to help whether he is on or off duty. He likes to joke that his wife gets upset with him if they drive in a snowstorm. It takes them hours to get home because he stops to pull people out of ditches.

“I’ve got two young boys and I try to lead by example,” he said. “I know if it was my wife off into a ditch or choking, I would hope someone would help my family or someone in need.”


NC State Highway Patrol graduates 39 troopers

NC State Highway Patrol graduates 39 troopers

RALEIGH – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol officially welcomed 39 new troopers at a recent swearing-in ceremony held for the 154th Basic Highway Patrol School.

The ceremony ended 12 weeks of rigorous training to prepare the new troopers for a rewarding career of service to the state of North Carolina.

The closed ceremony was held this past Friday at the Shepherd’s Church in Cary at 10 a.m. with strict COVID-19 safety precautions in place.

As guest speaker, NC Department of Public Safety Secretary Eddie Buffaloe Jr. provided uplifting remarks to the graduating class.

The oath of office was administered by Associate Justice Michael Morgan of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Colonel Freddy L. Johnson, Jr., the 28th Commander of the State Highway Patrol, was the keynote speaker and provided the newest sworn members of the State Highway Patrol direction for a promising career.

“As a part of this agency you will have big responsibilities placed upon you, I am confident you are up to the challenge,” said Col. Johnson. “A responsibility to carry on a long history of service, community, partnerships, pride and providing the highest level of law enforcement services to our state are among the most important.”

The new state troopers will report to their respective duty stations on Dec.15 to begin a demanding field training program. Among graduates are Cameron Creech and Jessup Oxendine, who will patrol Robeson County as part of the B7 duty station in Lumberton. Photographs of the graduating class can be found at the following link:https://www.facebook.com/NCHighwayPatrol.





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On Tuesday, Colby Rohr, a trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, rescued two men following a high-speed rollover crash, News On 6 reported Friday.

“There’s 740 something state troopers across Oklahoma that would have done exactly the same thing,” Rohr commented after the harrowing rescue.

“The highway patrol was unaware I was even in the area,” he added.

Rohr, who is assigned to the Will Rogers Turnpike and based in Vinita, needed to make a trip to Oklahoma City prior to the incident.

While coming back on the Turner Turnpike in Creek County, he saw traffic slowing down ahead of his own vehicle.

A truck pulling a trailer apparently jackknifed and flipped in the moments before he arrived.

“When I ran around the vehicle, I could see through the windshield the two people and so the only way I could get to them was to climb up the side of the truck, down the bed and then luckily the doors were still operable,” Rohr explained.

While traffic sped past the scene, Rohr pulled out two men who were shaken but alive and well.

A driver who witnessed the incident shared a photo of the scene on social media, writing, “This is what a hero looks like to me.”

I don’t know his name, but THIS is what a hero looks like to me!!! He came upon this seconds before we did this…

Posted by Jared Tonya Williams on Monday, January 10, 2022

“Traffic, including semis, was going crazy in all directions trying to shut down, but this man was on a rescue mission to save lives!” the user continued.

Meanwhile, Rohr said he felt thankful to be in the right place at the right time to assist those in need.

“I just tried to clear the road and help the people,” he added.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol also shared the photo and said neither of the occupants in the vehicle had a single scratch on their bodies:

Thank you Jared Tonya Williams for sharing this picture! This is Trooper Colby Rohr #344. He rolled up on this crash on…

Posted by Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Tuesday, January 11, 2022

“But this is what our troopers do day in and day out, jump into action whenever, wherever needed,” the agency concluded.

Trooper Rescues 2 Men After Crash On Interstate - YouTube


TN Trooper and his shovel saved the day 14 times on snow covered I-75

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When cars and semi-trucks got stuck in the snow, a Tennessee trooper grabbed a shovel and started digging

When semi-trucks and cars stalled out, Anderson County Trooper Jacob Wiser literally grabbed a shovel and started digging people out to keep traffic moving.

ANDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — Sunday was not the kind of day you wanted to be out driving out on the roads. A few people learned that the hard way after getting stuck in the snow and ice, but Tennessee troopers and road crews pulled out all the stops to get them moving again and keep the interstates open.

The heavy snow made travel especially difficult on Interstate 75 in Campbell County from Caryville into Kentucky on Sunday, even with TDOT plows doing rounds to clear and salt the roads. I-75 had to be temporarily closed several times through the day as crews responded to stuck vehicles, crashes, and impassible conditions.  

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said one trooper worked particularly hard to keep traffic moving on snow-covered portions of the interstate.

When semi-trucks and cars got stuck in the snow, Anderson County Trooper Jacob Wiser literally grabbed a shovel from a TDOT worker and started digging people out between Stinking Creek and Jellico. 

"I nabbed his shovel and was able to dig out two big rigs and get them straightened up and out, and plenty of smaller passenger cars as well," Wiser said. "If I had to estimate, there was anywhere between 15 and 20 vehicles, you know, stuck... a couple tractor trailers starting to jackknife. Common problems when you have ice going up the mountain."

By the end of his shift, THP said Wiser dug out 14 vehicles that got trapped trying to traverse treacherous conditions on I-75 -- including two semi-trucks and 12 passenger vehicles. THP said he also responded to two crashes.

Wiser said many of the drivers were trying to head home to Kentucky and Ohio. Many didn't think the shovel would work, but he said they were very thankful when he came to dig them out.

"It was a crazy night. It wasn’t in the original [job] description when I signed up. But to see these folks out there stuck and a lot of them trying to get home, we do what we can," Wiser said. "I didn’t see very many locals out there, I will say that. Which you know around here everyone goes and gets their milk and bread and goes and sits in their house... and that’s a good thing."

When they weren't digging people out or responding to crashes, first responders were also giving stuck semi-trucks a little push to get them past rough patches. Trooper Ryan Fletcher and EMA Jay Muncy came across a semi-truck stuck on I-75 and were able to get it moving again by using a truck to give it a push from behind:

By Monday, conditions on I-75 had improved significantly. TDOT said road crews continued to plow and salt the interstate from Anderson County to the Kentucky state line through the morning.

THP trooper grabs a shovel to dig out more than a dozen vehicles | wbir.com