Nevada Highway Patrol names newest K9 for slain trooper

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The agency said it will welcome Skipper, a 4-year-old German Short Haired Pointer, to the K9 team during a ceremony at the Department of Public Safety Headquarters. The name is meant to honor Sgt. Ben Jenkins, who was killed in the line of duty in March when he stopped to help an apparently stranded driver near Ely. NHP says Jenkins was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating, the last of which earned him the nickname "Skipper." Jenkins also worked as a K9 handler for a time while in the Highway Patrol, partnered with a Belgian Malinois named Thor. Skipper the K9 will officially take part in a graduation ceremony and brief demonstration on Thursday.

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Ohio Turnpike Sign dedicated to Injured State Trooper

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A new Ohio Turnpike sign located at milepost 69.9 westbound in Wood County was dedicated to its namesake Tuesday morning at the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) Bowling Green Post. Rep. Haraz Ghanbari hosted the ceremony and honored OSHP Sgt. Frederick A. Raby, whose name is featured on the sign, for his bravery in a brush with death 30 years ago. "Just over thirty years ago, on Sept. 1, 1990, State Highway Patrol Sergeant Raby was critically injured in a traffic accident on the Ohio Turnpike near mile marker 70 in Wood County," Ghanbari described. "He was in his patrol car which was stopped behind a violator on the right berm with flashing lights in full operation. Another vehicle traveling at full speed drove off the roadway and struck his patrol vehicle from behind." Raby was life-flighted to the former Medical College of Ohio with severe head trauma, a broken neck, a broken hip and shoulder and leg injuries. "At one point the doctors gave him a five-percent chance of survival. But Fred was physically fit, an Army veteran and he had a strong will to live. He slowly improved and was transferred to a rehabilitation center in Howell, Michigan which specialized in traumatic brain injuries. He spent a year there and was then transferred to the Eisenhower Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a longer-term TBI facility where he continued to receive care and therapy." The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission Memorial Sign Program has honored 12 people who perished on the job during services for the Ohio Turnpike and OSHP since 2018. Move Over Ohio requires all drivers to move over one lane while passing any roadside vehicle stopped with flashing or rotating lights.

 

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Fourth Generation New Jersey State Trooper sets a record and continues family legacy

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Article By William Westhoven reporter for the Dailyrecord.com

When the New Jersey State Police celebrates its centennial next spring, one young trooper will be able to trace his family's service in "the Outfit" all the way back to the Prohibition era.

Trooper Brian R. Turner, who graduated with the department's 160th class on Sept. 4, follows his father, William G. Turner, Jr., who enlisted in 1982 and retired in 2012 as a detective sergeant first class.

Father and son followed in the footsteps of Brian's grandfather, Capt. William G. Turner Sr., who joined up in 1958 and retired in 1987; and his great-grandfather, Sgt. John M. Turner, who hit the beat in 1930 and retired as the Netcong Station commander in 1957.

"It's pretty cool how there's four generations," the youngest Trooper Turner said. "I'm honored to wear the uniform and the fact that I had three generations ahead of me do it, it's neat."

Four consecutive family generations of State Police service is unprecedented in New Jersey, according to retired Lt. George J. Wren, Jr., vice president of the Association of Former New Jersey State Troopers, and editor of its True Blue & Gold newsletter.

The Turner ties to the department extend to another graduate of the 160th class: Brian’s first cousin, Trooper Michael A. Turner. They share the legacy of their paternal grandfather and great-grandfather.

"Troopers Brian and Michael Turner have 82 years of combined honor, duty and fidelity to live up to," Wren said. "I’m sure they will handle themselves in true Turner-State Police fashion."

The cousins also bunked together as 16-year-olds when they attended the New Jersey State Police 94th Trooper Youth Week training in 2013.

"That was a great time, to really get a feel for how a recruit lives for a week," Brian Turner said. "It was very similar to what the real deal is. You learn quick. I thought it was awesome. I wanted more."

Some seven years later on Sept. 4, he received badge No. 8535 in a ceremony at Arm & Hammer Stadium in Trenton. His cousin was given badge No. 8536. Most of their family and friends had to watch an online feed of the ceremony due to COVID-19 distancing restrictions.

"Each recruit got two tickets," said Brian Turner, who invited his mother and girlfriend. "I had a third because my dad was presenting me my badge."

"It was a little different with the coronavirus, so I wasn't actually able to give him his badge," said his father, William Turner Jr. He was able to walk on the field with Gov. Phil Murphy, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, and Col. Patrick Callahan, the state police superintendent. "The colonel and I saluted Brian when his name was announced, and that took the place of giving him his badge," William Turner said.

It was a special moment for the entire family.

"We're extremely happy and proud," said William Turner. "It's not like we planned this. It just happened. You just wake up in the morning and shake your head. It's unbelievable."

Brian Turner said he was not pushed into uniform, but he's proud to carry on the family tradition, along with his brother, William Turner III, a five-year veteran of the Roxbury Police Department.

"Growing up, I was just always around the blue and gold," he said. "I applied to a bunch of local departments and they didn't work out. Then I had the opportunity with the State Police, and my dad was beyond excited. It's funny how things worked out."

Brian Turner "is now carrying on the tradition and legacy that his great-grandfather, Sgt. John M. Turner, began 90 years ago and 7,962 troopers later,” Callahan said.

A Blairstown resident, Turner is a 2014 graduate of North Warren High School and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in accounting and business management from East Stroudsburg University. He later served as a football coach at North Warren.

Having completed two weeks of post-graduate training, Turner took his first shift out of the Somerville Station on Saturday.

"It was awesome," he said Wednesday. "I couldn't wait to get back in."

As a rookie trooper, Turner said he is sticking to the best piece of career advice his father gave him: "Be a sponge."

"Pay attention," his father told him. "It's not your time to talk. It's your time to listen."

His grandfather's advice?

"He was always big on hard work and being dedicated, basically the State Police values, having honor and carrying yourself with integrity," Brian Turner said of his grandfather, who died in 2012. "It's kind of a ripple effect in my family. It got passed down from my great-grandfather to my grandfather to my father, and now to my brother, sister and I."

“While I hope that somewhere down the line there is a fifth-generation trooper in the Turner family lineage," Callahan said, "it is my hope that a new legacy began on Sept. 4, 2020 when a first-generation New Jersey State Trooper graduated from the 160th class and will be the great-grandmother or great grandfather of a New Jersey State Trooper 90 years from now."

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Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain Loses Fight to COVID-19

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is deeply saddened to announce the passing of active duty Captain Jeffery W. Sewell #26. Captain Sewell had been hospitalized since September 5 due to COVID-19. He passed away at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas on September 26. The Texas Department of Public Safety escorted Captain Sewell home to Atoka on September 27.

Captain Sewell was a graduate of the 43rd Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy in 1988, beginning his career as a trooper in Troop H, Clinton. In 1989, he was transferred to Troop E, Durant, spending 10 years there and being promoted to Lieutenant in 1999. In 2006, he promoted to Captain in Troop F, Ardmore, and continued his service as a Captain in Troop D, McAlester, Troop E, Durant and Troop XC, Indian Nation Turnpike, McAlester. In the summer of 2020, he began assignment as Captain of the Officer Assistance Program.

During his career, he participated in numerous additional duty opportunities such as the Police Corp in 2004, Emergency Response Team, DARE, TAC Supervisor of the 55th Academy, Special Olympics, Polar Plunge and Tip-A-Cop. He was involved in many other community projects and organizations. However, his greatest passion was his annual participation with Cadet Lawman, a week long summer camp that gives selected high school seniors-to-be a first-hand taste of what it takes to be a trooper. He was able to use his influence and leadership skills on the thousands of teenagers that participated over the years. Captain Jeffery W. Sewell was a friend to anyone that knew him and will be greatly missed.

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State Trooper Rushes into Burning house to help residents escape

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An Indiana State Police trooper was alerted by a passing driver that a nearby home was on fire on Saturday night. Around 10 p.m. on September 12, Master Trooper Mick Dockery was at a traffic stop near Edison Road and Crestwood Boulevard in South Bend when another driver told him that a house was on fire down the street. The trooper left the traffic stop and went to the home in the 3000 block of Edison Road. The east side of the house and garage were fully engulfed in flames, according to ISP. Dockery ran to the front door of the house and saw a man trying to open the front storm door but he wasn’t able to. Dockery forced the door open so he could get the man out but the man disappeared back into the house yelling he needed to get his dog out, ISP said. According to ISP, Dockery then noticed a woman who appeared disoriented in the front room, so he went in and dragged her from the home. Dockery yelled for the man to leave the home and a short time later, the man came outside and was soon followed by a German Shepherd. ISP did not say what caused the fire or if any injuries were sustained to the home’s occupants. Dockery was later cleared at a local hospital.

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Washington State Patrol Marks 100th year

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As of Tuesday, Washington State Patrol will be in their 100th year of service to the state of Washington. WSP's history traces all the way back to June 1921, when Washington lawmakers agreed to create a new state agency that primarily worked on traffic enforcement. When a decision was reached, 16 men were given three days of training, and on September 1, 1921 were sworn in as the first WSP patrolmen, though back then they were called the Washington Highway Patrol. In the early days of the agency, those officers looked a lot different than they do now. For one, they had no uniform: instead they were given just a badge and a Highway Patrol armband. They also didn't drive patrol cars but were instead assigned WWI surplus Indian motorcycles. Officers would be deployed all across the state, sometimes alone, and would often have to carry camping gear in their motorcycle side-cars for longer deployments. In some cases, deployment could last for months. Trooper Vernon Forth was the first WSP trooper to die in the line of duty, killed on September 30, 1923 when he was hit by another officer's motorcycle while on the way to the Lynden Fair. In the early days of the agency, there were more horses than cars on the road, and less than a thousand miles of paved road in all of Washington state. WSP says the officers spent most of their time enforcing the speed limit (a new, and at the time controversial regulation), but also would be called to respond to forest fires. Eventually, in 1924 the officers were issued uniforms, but it would be almost two decades before they were given actual patrol cars. Also different at the time was the badges the troopers wore. From 1921 to 1927 troopers wore a silver, shield shaped badge somewhat similar to a firefighters crest, before adopting the six-pointed star badge that troopers wear today. In honor of WSP's 100th year, troopers have been authorized to wear the classic "Centennial Badge" once again. The patrol says they'll also be using their hundredth year to look back at all the troopers who have been killed in the line of duty— taking time to remember the lost troopers on the anniversary of their deaths. WSP says the first anniversary memorial will be September 3 for Trooper Gene Bolstamd who died attempting to save a drowning teenager in Long Beach on September 3, 1957. To date, 30 WSP troopers have died on the job.

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Off duty trooper helps choking infant and mom

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An emotional Ben Horton reflected on an incident that could have changed his family forever if not for the quick response of an off-duty police officer. “I don’t know what I would do without my daughter in my life. I [have] only known her for seven weeks, but I can’t remember what my life was like before she entered the world,” the Taneytown resident said in an interview. “My family is my everything.” Horton’s wife, Terria Lemaster, said she was driving on Baltimore Street in Taneytown on Aug. 19 when she looked into the car’s baby mirror. It gave her a clear view of their baby, Ivy-Jade. It was a sight she will not soon forget. “I looked back, and she was completely red,” Lemaster said. “I pulled over as fast as I could, took her to the sidewalk, and turned her over. She wasn’t breathing and it looked like she was choking on thick mucus.” Lemaster stopped, her voice filled with emotion. “She is my first baby, so it was hard,” she said. “I wasn’t looking for help; I was just trying to get her airway clear. In the middle of all that, this woman pulled over, and then a man pulled over, too. “The woman asked, ‘Do you need help? I’m an off-duty state trooper,’ ” Lemaster said, and then she handed over her 6-week-old baby. Trooper 1st Class Amber Cerreto is a 10-year veteran of the Maryland State Police. “The first thing I noticed was where she was pulled over,” Cerreto said. “On that part of the roadway vehicles aren’t normally in the travel portion. Then I saw Lemaster at the rear of her vehicle and she appeared to be in distress.” Cerreto said she didn’t hesitate. “I swore an oath to protect and defend the citizens of Maryland — and anywhere else if I am able, whether or not I am on duty,” she said. Lemaster watched as Cerreto flipped Ivy-Jade over and began to lightly pound on her back. “She knew exactly how to get a baby breathing,” Lemaster said. “Afterward, she talked to me. She told me, ‘Don’t be afraid to do this.’ She was so nice.” Cerreto said was trained in infant CPR in 2010. She recently recertified during a biannual update with the Maryland State Police. This was the first time she had to use what she learned on an infant. Infants are so small and delicate that you have to be deliberate with the back thrusts using the palm of your hand,” she said. “In addition, instead of using two hands as you would with an adult or adolescent you would use two fingers to complete the compressions.” Cerreto said Lemaster had a look of relief on her face as she watched her daughter take in fresh air. “It was almost as though she herself could breathe again,” Cerreto said. “This is why I continue to serve the State of Maryland as a trooper. I happen to be in the right place at the right time, and I will not stop in my continued effort to protect as many people as I can. I am relieved that I was able to help both of them and grateful that Lemaster allowed me to assist.” Lemaster explained how she had stayed calm and focused during the event, but afterward, she said, she was “a mess.” “I had to call Ben and ask him to leave work,” she said. Horton found the missed call from his wife on his lunch break. “I called her back, and she was distraught, crying and telling me all about Ivy-Jade, how she [had] stopped breathing while she was driving home and how an off-duty state trooper had assisted her and saved Ivy. I felt a mixture of emotions, so helpless that I wasn’t able to be there when my child needed help, and grateful that Amber was there to help my wife and baby, concerned that there is definitely something wrong with my daughter and that she needed to go to the doctor, concerned for my wife’s mental fortitude after the events of the day, and relieved that everyone was alive.”It was not long until the two were headed to the doctor with Ivy-Jade. That’s where they learned their little girl has acid reflux. “They said [the choking] is a panic response, because their airways are so tiny it can go up their nose,” Lemaster said. “She had already been having some sinus issues, so, for her, it was a mucus that got stuck.” After it was all over, Lemaster realized she hadn’t gotten the names of either person who stopped to help, so she took to the Taneytown Neighborhood group page on Facebook, posting: “To the man and woman who stopped while I was panicking on the side of the road with a choking 6-week-old, thank you for getting her to breathe correctly and teaching me CPR for a child. I can never thank you enough!” Cerreto saw the post and responded, “I’m glad to hear your daughter is better. Sorry we met in circumstances like this, but I’m happy to hear she is better now. Learn that CPR!” Lemaster said she is almost grateful it happened, because she now knows what to do if it happens again. She said she is eternally grateful to the two people who stopped to help and is still hoping the man who stopped will also see her Facebook post, so she can thank him. She said she will never forget how Cerreto saved Ivy-Jade’s life. Cerreto had a message for the entire family: “I hope your baby girl continues to grow up — into a strong woman one day. Thank you for allowing me to help you. And to Ivy-Jade — you are stronger than you know, even at 6 weeks. Keep it up!”

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Georgia State Patrol Accepts the Winners Plaque for AAST’s 2020 Best Looking Cruiser Calendar Contest

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John Bagnardi, AAST Development Director (non-uniform) presents the winners plaque to AAST Georgia State Director Sergeant Michael Hall and some of Georgia State Patrol’s Command Staff. Lt. Colonel Wright, who took the winning photo of the GSP Cruiser, is to the right of Bagnardi. The presentation was conducted at the Headquarters of the Georgia State Patrol on Tuesday September 15, 2020. As the winning agency, GSP will grace the cover of the 2021 America’s Best Looking Cruiser Calendar and the month of January. Calendars go on sale today! Proceeds from the sale of the calendar benefit the AAST Foundation which provides higher education scholarships for AAST troopers children dependents. This year, the Foundation awarded 95 scholarships totaling 70,500.00. Since the inception of the program, AAST has awarded 4058 scholarships totaling more than 2.9 million dollars.

Congratulations to GSP and all the states featured on the calendar!     

A special thank you to our calendar corporate sponsors – AT&T First NET – TREMCO Anti-Theft Devices and Police Products – Sig-Sauer – Federal Signal Corporation

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Missouri trooper's 'bear hug' helps young boy feel better

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A young boy was feeling sick while traveling with his family over Labor Day weekend. The remedy for his illness? A big ol’ bear hug from a Missouri state trooper. The Missouri State Highway Patrol shared the story on social media Monday night. Corporal Levi Rawson stopped to check on a motorist in distress on Labor Day when he realized it was actually a child who was in distress. “This little guy was feeling ill as his family traveled and Levi had just what he needed to feel better....A Big Ol’ BEAR HUG!” MSHP Troop D tweeted. The troop shared dashcam video of the trooper kneeling down to hug the boy.

 

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FHP Gets Muscle Car Power in Jacksonville

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It’s got a HEMI under the hood scoop, a trained trooper behind the wheel and it's right behind that aggressive speeder who just passed you on the Buckman Bridge. Say hello to the Florida Highway Patrol's new friend — a Dodge Challenger R/T with a 370-horsepower V-8 engine under a sleek, yet still familiar black and yellow paint scheme. Jacksonville just received one of Florida's 10 new muscle car cruisers for use in Troop G's Duval County district, which includes Baker, Bradford, Clay, Nassau, Union and St. Johns counties. It's joined by one of 10 unmarked Ford Mustang GTs circulating the state in stealthier shades of white, silver, black, gray and red. The muscle cars are part of a renewed wave of more agile and powerful "specialty vehicles" that can blend in with traffic as they tackle aggressive speeders, Master Sgt. Dylan Bryan said. “Those are the small percentage of people who we want to get, those who are really grotesque with their driving violations and cause a lot of safety issues on our highways,”  Bryan said. “The Mustangs are unmarked, which means there is no lighting on the outside. And the Challengers have been kept in a slick-top fashion, the lights of those vehicles in the interior, so there are no external pieces you would recognize.” Florida drivers may remember that two-door muscle cars sporting the Highway Patrol’s familiar “bumblebee” paint job patrolled highways and state roads in recent years. First were the Fords Mustang SSPs, with more than 15,000 of the notchback coupes supplied to multiple agencies. Florida was the second-biggest buyer of them from 1982 until 1993. They packed a 5-liter V-8 and a certified calibrated speedometer to track speeders. The Highway Patrol also used sleek Chevrolet Camaros in recent years, as well as a few other sports cars like Nissan 300ZXs and Dodge Stealth coupes that it confiscated in raids. The Highway Patrol first showed off the new Challenger late last year in images in front of the Main Street bridge and St. Augustine’s Castillo de San Marcos in a bid to win the American Association of State Troopers Foundation's “America’s Best-Looking Cruiser” contest. It came in ninth to the Nebraska State Patrol's Dodge Charger, then joined 11 other top vote-getters in the association's current 2020 calendar. Troop G’s new Challenger is the R/T model with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 good tor a 5.5-second run to 60 mph in the civilian version. The emergency lights are tucked in the top of the windshield and rear window. Other strobes flash from fenders and side windows. It also gets a 360-degree HD camera to record any pursuit for later evidence gathering. "Coming up from behind, it looks like a black Challenger on your back door," Bryan said. The 460-horsepower Mustang GT is one of a number of police vehicles that Ford offers, from one based on the Explorer SUV, to a Transit Van for prisoner transport. Its civilian version can get to 60 mph in just over 4 seconds. The Highway Patrol's unmarked Mustangs also have hidden emergency lighting. Spoiler alert — Jacksonville's is silver, Bryan said. “They are being used more to combat aggressive driving. That's why they have been left unmarked,” Bryan said. “... We have no issues telling the public the color. We want them to see it and know that it's out there working because there are so many drivers who will still do hazardous behavior even with a marked car there." The Highway Patrol Mustangs also carry FHP license plates for an eagle-eyed driver to spot, Bryan said. The Challenger and the Mustang pursuit vehicles were purchased as part of the Highway Patrol's annual budget. They are also receiving a lot of public interest as recruitment tools by the Highway Patrol, as well as a traffic safety public relations tool in parades and events, Bryan said.

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Terri Davie Selected as New Oregon State Police superintendent

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Monday announced her choice to lead the state’s largest law enforcement agency. Terri Davie is a 24-year veteran of law enforcement in Oregon, Brown said in a statement. Davie will assume the role Nov. 1, pending approval from the state Senate. Davie has "a strong record of leading by example,” Brown said. “She brings a focus on inclusivity and is dedicated to listening to community voices—including Oregon’s Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and Tribal communities—as we work towards a more fair and just law enforcement system in Oregon. I look forward to her leadership as we do the hard work of transforming law enforcement standards and training and putting the state on a path toward racial justice.” Davie began her career with the Oregon Department of Corrections, where she was a correctional officer and a lieutenant at the Oregon State Penitentiary. In 2001, Terri joined the Oregon State Police as a patrol trooper assigned to the Albany Area Command. Over the years, Davie has served in many different assignments, including as a major crimes detective, a crisis negotiator on the agency’s SWAT Team, and as a station commander at the Capitol in Salem. She has served as state police deputy superintendent since July 2016. Davie holds an advanced law enforcement certification and is an active member of the FBI National Executive Institute and the International and Oregon Association Chiefs of Police. Previous superintendent Travis Hampton announced his retirement earlier this month. The leadership change comes as Oregon State Police will again start patrolling Portland’s nightly protests against systemic racism and police brutality with help from officers from neighboring communities. That’s part of a plan announced by Brown late Sunday to tamp down on vandalism and violence following a fatal shooting.

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The Story Behind Highway Patrol Handgun: It all start with someone mowing grass

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A mysterious handgun found in the middle of a field a year ago has since made its way back home to the N.C. State Highway Patrol along

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The gun, a Colt revolver, was discovered by someone mowing a field located off South Main Street in 2019. An empty black backpack was found beside the rusted gun, said Salisbury Police detective Jay Basinger.

Basinger said a patrol officer was called to the scene to retrieve the gun. When the officer couldn’t make out any markings on the gun, he turned it over to Basinger. As a crime scene investigator, Basinger processes guns regularly with serial numbers etched off or older guns like the revolver that was found.

“We got enough to where we could read the serial numbers and the markings,” Basinger said.

The detective said he was able to clean and restore the gun in June 2019 enough that he could make out the letters N.C.S H.P. No. 10. on the bottom of the grip. Basinger said he contacted the local Highway Patrol Troop E office located on South Main Street. There, law enforcement officers were able to determine that the gun had not been reported stolen.

But Basinger said it was a mystery to him as to why the gun was left in a field. The police department’s records only go so far, he said.

The gun was found and restored two weeks before the 90th anniversary of the Highway Patrol.

“This piece of history was found and returned to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol during the year of our 90th anniversary. The highway patrol has always taken pride in our rich heritage,” said Sgt. Christopher Knox with the State Highway Patrol Public Information Office.

Knox said the highway patrol contacted the Colt Firearms Manufacturing Company to check the serial number to determine the origin of the gun. The Office of the Colt Historian in Bloomfield, Connecticut, determined the gun was originally shipped to the State Highway Patrol in care of Capt. Chris D. Farmer on April 29, 1929.

The revolver was No. 10 of 39. It was chambered in .38/c with a 5-inch barrel, blue finish and a beige grip.

The gun would’ve been assigned to R.R. Glover, who was a Raleigh native, and the 10th original member of the organization. When Glover became a trooper, he was employed by the State Highway Commission in Raleigh. During the 1931 reorganization, Glover was promoted to corporal. While working out of Asheville, he was ambushed and shot near Canton.

He was the first member of the highway patrol organization to be shot but he was not seriously injured. After working for the highway patrol for a number of years, he transferred from patrol to work for the License Plate Identification Division of the Department of Motor Vehicles in Raleigh.

Knox said it’s not clear if Glover lost the gun or it was stolen.

He said they have not been able to connect with any of Glover’s family members.

The gun is fully functional and will remain with the Highway Patrol’s Armory in the Historical Firearms Section.

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Georgia state Troopers walk daughter of fallen trooper to school

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Savannah Parker was in the car with her father when he got into an accident and died. His law enforcement family is still showing up for her special occasions. P

Two years ago in March 2018, an off-duty Georgia State Patrol trooper lost his life in a personal car accident in Cordele.

Trooper Tyler Parker's daughter, Savannah, was in the car with him and survived.

She will always miss her dad, but she's got a big family that will be there for the special occasions in life.

GSP Trooper Robert Donaldson was part of a brigade that drove through the streets of Cordele on Monday morning.

"We just decided to take her to school that day and make a show of it," he said.

Savannah's grandfather, Gary Parker, was there to see her heading into her first day of Pre-K.

"[There was] not a lot of talking. There was a lot of ugly faces with red eyes, but Savannah knows she knows she's loved by everyone," said Parker.

Gary Parker is a retired state trooper, and he lost his son two years ago.

Tyler Parker, who was 23 at the time of the fatal accident, hydroplaned off a road and slammed into a tree.

"It was a horrible rainstorm. I've never seen anything like it," Gary recalled.

From that day forward, the men and women in blue pledged to stick by the Parkers, especially Savannah.

"The only way for Savannah to know her daddy and to know the trooper he was is to have the family of the Georgia State Patrol be a part of her life," Gary projected.

"Tyler was a great guy and if the roles were reversed he would have done it for any of us," said Donaldson, "I don't want them to go it alone. The state patrol is always going to be there for them."

It will take a few years for Savannah to realize the significance of this day and that's okay, but these folks don't plan to ever leave her side.

"She can call any of us. She has a whole list of numbers she can call anytime and we'll all be there day or night," said Donaldson.

Gary Parker says the troopers have also showed up in uniform for birthday parties.

8/26/2020

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Remembering State Trooper Ted Foss

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Ohio State Highway Patrol Delivers Custom Tricycle

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After seeing a news story about Silas Oliver, a 6-year-old boy with special needs from Elyria, wishing for a tricycle so he could play with his siblings, Massachusetts'Hampden County Sheriff's Department Deputy Robert Charland decided to take it upon himself to build the very specialized tricycle for Silas. Deputy Charland builds and works on bikes, and is the founder of Pedal Thru Youth, a nonprofit that donates bikes to children. After Deputy Charland contacted Massachusetts State Police, they agreed to help transport the specially-made tricycle to Silas. They then reached out to New York State Police, PA State Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol to ask for assistance in relaying the tricycle nearly 600 miles. This evening, Lt. Alan Dunbar and Trooper Cyara Castillo, Elyria Post, finished the multi-state relay and delivered Silas his new, special tricycle after the trek started early this morning. Thanks to the partnership between these agencies and the generosity of Deputy Charland and his organization, Silas was able to receive something special he has been wishing for, and will now be able to play with his siblings.

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