FHP Trooper dies in crash during chase, I-95 closed in St. Lucie County
January 2, 2024
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Trooper Zachary Fink was killed in a crash on I-95 in St. Lucie County this morning.
Port St. Lucie Police say an FHP cruiser crashed on I-95, south of Crosstown Parkway. Photographs from the scene show Trooper Fink's patrol car which was seriously damaged in the collision.
It happened early this morning, sometime around 3 a.m. The crash has shut down I-95 northbound from the Becker Road exit to the Crosstown Parkway exit, and southbound from the Okeechobee Road exit to the Becker Road exit.
That portion of the highway was still closed as of 11 a.m. Friday morning. This stretch of the highway is expected to be closed for several more hours while the semi-truck, the FHP patrol car, and all the debris is cleared from the scene. According to authorities, Fink was pursuing the suspect when the suspect made an illegal U-turn, driving against traffic on the highway.
Fink was initially taken to a hospital in critical condition, but he eventually succumbed to his injuries.
Authorities confirmed that other troopers continued chasing after the suspect, who eventually crashed his vehicle and fled on foot. He was eventually taken into custody after a manhunt.
A procession carried Fink's body, draped in an American flag, to the medical examiner's office around 10:30 a.m., escorted by rows of saluting servicemen.
FHP investigated the crash alongside Martin County Sheriff's Office, Port St. Lucie Police Department, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, SWAT and the CSI.
Fink's death is a reminder of the dangers of the job, his fellow FHP troopers said.
Authorities confirmed that Fink has worked for the FHP for three years. He is survived by his father, stepmother, and fiancée.
New Jersey Troopers save man's life after hunting accident in Sussex County
January 28, 2024
A hunting accident in the Pequest Wildlife Management Area of Hampton Township, Sussex County, prompted a rapid response from New Jersey State Troopers, resulting in a life-saving intervention.
The incident occurred on January 19, at around 5:44 PM, when Troop “B” Sussex responded to reports of a hunting accident. On arrival, the troopers discovered a male victim with a gunshot wound from a shotgun. Demonstrating quick thinking and expertise in emergency response, the troopers immediately began life-saving procedures. They applied tourniquets and chest seals to manage the victim’s injuries effectively.
After stabilizing the victim, the troopers faced the challenge of extricating him from the rugged terrain. They carried the injured hunter approximately 200 yards to an area accessible by a State Police Utility Task Vehicle (UTV). The difficult weather conditions and challenging terrain necessitated the use of the UTV to transport the victim swiftly and safely to a waiting ambulance.
Thanks to the troopers’ prompt and skilled response, the victim was transported to a local hospital, where he is expected to make a full recovery. This incident underscores the critical role of state troopers in emergency situations and their preparedness to handle a wide range of crises, including those in demanding and remote environments
Georgia State Patrol Trooper killed in the line of duty
January 28, 2024
The Georgia Department of Public Safety confirmed on Monday morning that the state trooper who died in the line of duty on Sunday afternoon was attempting to stop a motorcycle for a traffic violation on Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County when the fatal crash occurred.
"The Georgia Department of Public Safety is saddened to announce the line-of-duty death of Trooper Jimmy Cenescar #436," a social media post by the Department of Public Safety said. "On January 28, 2024, Trooper Cenescar was attempting to stop a motorcycle for a traffic violation on Interstate 85 North near Old Peachtree Road, in Atlanta. Trooper Cenescar's vehicle left the roadway and struck an embankment.
Emergency personnel responded to the scene and attempted life-saving measures. Trooper Cenescar was rushed to Northside Gwinnett Hospital, where he passed away."
Few details have been released about the accident, which occurred Sunday afternoon and had all lanes of I-85 North near the Old Peachtree Rd. exit shut down for a lengthy period on Sunday.
The trooper was identified as Jimmy Cenescar, who had been with the department for a year and was a graduate of the 114th Trooper School.
Before working for the State Patrol, Cenescar worked for the Atlanta Police Department and was honored for his heroics in saving the life of a man who drove off a bridge and landed 50 feet below on train tracks.
Cenescar migrated to the U.S. from Haiti and went to Georgia Gwinnett College, school officials said.
AAST sends its sincerest condolences and prayers to Trooper Jimmy Cenescar's fiancée, family and co-workers.
Michigan State Police trooper hit, killed during I-75 traffic stop
January 25, 2024
A Michigan State Police trooper was investigating a driver suspected to be under the influence on I-75 when he was hit and killed by another driver Wednesday night.
Police said Joel Popp, 39, and other troopers were on the northbound side of the freeway near Birch Run Road investigating a driver who was stopped on a curve just before 7:15 p.m. Popp was outside his vehicle when an 81-year-old driver hit two patrol cars and Popp.
Popp was taken to Hurley Medical Center, where he died. The other driver suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive.
Popp enlisted with Michigan State Police in January 2020 and has been with the Tri-City Post for his whole career. Popp served at the Tri-City post. He enlisted with MSP in January 2020 after graduating as a member of the 137th Trooper Recruit School. He is survived by his wife Stefanie and a young daughter.
"This is a message none of us wishes to deliver. With a very heavy heart I confirm the death of one of our own, Tpr. Joel Popp," said Col. James F. Grady II, director of MSP. "I ask that you please keep his family, fellow troopers and all whose lives he has touched in your thoughts."
Popp is the 56th MSP trooper to be killed in the line of duty, according to MSP.