New York State Trooper Dies After Entering Lake on Marine Detail

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Authorities say a state trooper who was working a marine detail northwest of Albany has died.

According to New York State Police, Trooper James Monda entered the water at a Great Sacandaga Lake boat launch in Fulton County around 4 p.m. Sunday. He did not resurface.

A news release indicated the 45-year-old Monda was taken to Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville, where he died. No details were made available regarding the circumstances surrounding the trooper's death.

Monda lived in Schenectady County. He is survived by his fiancée and his parents.

Monda had served with the state police for 18 years.

Trooper Monda entered the State Police in September 2002 and served with the State Police for 18 years. He spent most of his career working for Troop G in the Albany area.


Arkansas trooper honored for saving girl's life

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For the effort that made him the Arkansas State Police's newest Trooper of the Year, Chet White got statewide recognition, the admiration of his fellow troopers and the heartfelt gratitude of one of his colleagues.

And he got to keep an undefeated softball pitcher.

White, a state police corporal who lives in Saline County, received the honor last month for his quick thinking and know-how that saved 12-year-old Aubrey Williams after a utility terrain vehicle crash on June 18, 2020. The 22-year state police veteran lifted the 1,800-pound vehicle enough for Aubrey to be pulled out from under it, and then repeatedly administered CPR until medical help arrived.

White was off-duty at the time and was, in fact, preparing for a cookout at his deer camp for the girls who were in the UTV, including Aubrey and his daughter, Tessa. They played on the softball team White coached, and Aubrey was the daughter of Nathan Williams, a fellow trooper.

The outing nearly became a nightmare, except for White's actions.

According to White, the day began as a birthday celebration for his daughter on land passed down through White's family in Saline County.

"It kind of worked out perfect," White said. "During the heart of covid, we couldn't do big parties or nothing, so I told my daughter to invite a few friends, and we could either go to deer camp and hang out or go to the lake. And she actually chose to go to deer camp."

Nathan Williams said Aubrey and Tessa have been friends from a young age, and he has developed a friendship with White because of their daughters' similar ages.

"When I met the guys in the area, [White] said his daughter was the same age as my daughter so we let them meet," Williams said. "We didn't know if they were going to be friends or what, but it would be nice that she was going to have a familiar face."

Aubrey also pitched on a junior softball team with Tessa, a team that White coaches.

At the deer camp, the teenagers could ride on off-road vehicles before a cookout that evening. Just after 1:30 p.m. and a couple of hours after they arrived, the girls checked in with White before riding off on the UTV.

Not long after White heard one of his daughter's friends yelling for him while running his direction.

"I realized something was wrong," White said. "Your mind kind of goes wild there for a minute."

White jumped into his truck and drove to where the Polaris Ranger had overturned, and quickly determined that Aubrey was trapped underneath the vehicle.

"The ranger's sitting right on top of her shoulder blades area," White said.

White lifted the UTV enough for Tessa to drag her friend out. The action of dragging her caused some complications, but in the middle of land out in the countryside, there was little time for hesitation.

"I remember worrying about head injuries, neck injuries," White said. "It's all split-second thinking that I've got to get her out to work on her and see what's going on with her."

Aubrey was in bad shape, he said. Her leg was severely injured, and White could not find a pulse. Instinctively, he reverted to the CPR training he learned when he first became an officer.

"I went back to how we did CPR back in the late 90s, early 2000s, when we still did chest compressions and breaths," White said. "I guess sometimes you revert back to the training you learn first."

Then, White heard a big gasp. Aubrey was breathing again and struggling to take in air. She was with White for 10-15 seconds before lapsing back into unconsciousness.

Tessa was on the phone with 911, and White grabbed the phone, identifying himself as a trooper and asking for an ambulance and an airlift.

"Seeing so many accidents over the years, I knew I needed a helicopter and an ambulance," White said. "Sometimes if you identify yourself as an Arkansas State Trooper, they'll get you what you need."


As Aubrey regained consciousness, White called Williams to let Aubrey hear her father's voice.

"My first thought was I'm on my way," Williams said. "My mindset was I'm getting there even though I knew the helicopter was on its way, and it was going to beat me back to Little Rock before I even got there."

The ambulance was guided in by the same friend who alerted White to the crash, and the helicopter landed in a hayfield on the property.

"They came out and landed in the hay meadow, which worked out because the hay had just been cut," White said. "And the guy had just cleared all the hay off of it."

Meanwhile, Williams and his wife were frantic. The helicopter was based in Hot Springs, but the two were unsure if Aubrey would be taken to a Hot Springs hospital or to a Little Rock hospital.

After determining that the helicopter would land at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, Williams rushed there and met his first of what would be many covid-19 policy roadblocks.

"Because of covid protocols, you can't come in the hospital until she actually gets admitted, and even then, only one parent can come into the hospital," he said. "We knew she was absolutely critical. We didn't even know if she was going to be alive when the helicopter landed."

The hospital staff, after some convincing, made exceptions, Williams said.

Aubrey was conscious, but there was a lot of uncertainty in White's mind about her condition as she was airlifted to the hospital.

"I just remember not knowing," White said. "Then we packed everything up and headed to Little Rock where family and friends were waiting."

White collapsed from exhaustion when he reached the hospital as the adrenaline wore off.


Doctors filled Williams in on his daughter's injuries.

"Because of her lung injuries, they said that as they heal, they were going to get worse before they get better," he said. "Because they were so bad, she wasn't producing enough oxygen. If her oxygen got too low for too long, her other organs would start failing."

Once it became clear that Aubrey was stable, only one parent was allowed inside her hospital room at a time.

The hospital made exceptions a few more times. Williams said he could tell that when he and his wife were both allowed into the room together, it was an extremely critical time for Aubrey.

"Once they got her stabilized, only one of us could be in that room at a time," Williams said. "When there were certain times that they made exceptions for both of us to be in the room, because she was doing pretty bad. It was nice that we were both in the room at the same time, but you know the reason why they were letting us be in there at the same time."

There were also concerns with Aubrey's condition because of covid-19. Williams said it crossed his mind a few times, in her vulnerable state, that they were in a hospital with covid-19 patients near his daughter who had a severe lung injury.

After 10 long days in the hospital, Aubrey was released just in time to watch the final game of the softball season. She attended in a wheelchair.

"We said 'we'll surprise them,'" Williams said. "Because Chet, he was the coach. And the two girls that were with Aubrey were playing. So we kind of went down there and surprised them."


The 2021 softball season arrived with uncertainty about whether Aubrey could play at all, let alone pitch. White said she had a significant limp shortly before the season started.

Williams had his concerns as well, but left it to his daughter to decide if she would pitch.

"We were kind of worried with all of her injuries how effective she could be at pitching," he said. "We weren't going to tell her no."

White said the recovery was miraculous.

"By the time softball season started, it was amazing, because we didn't know if she was going to be able to pitch," White said. "She got up there to pitch one day. It took her a little bit of time, but next thing you know, this girl is throwing strikes from 40 feet away."

The team went 12-1 this season, winning their league with Aubrey undefeated from the pitcher's mound, according to White.

The accident brought the two families closer together. Tessa was in the driver's seat when the accident occurred. White said she felt to blame and was relieved after a FaceTime call with Aubrey that Aubrey would be OK.

"I could see some of the relief in her eyes," White said.


Arkansas State Police Director Col. Bill Bryant and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge presented the Trooper of the Year award to White on June 30 during their annual awards ceremony.

Williams was a crucial part of getting White nominated for the award.

"I called our supervisor, and I said, 'I know this didn't really happen while Chet was on duty, but he saved her life and used his training and experience as a trooper to save her life,'" Williams said. "'Is there anything we can do to honor him?'"

Through Williams' prodding, White was nominated for a lifesaving award after it was determined that he acted in his capacity as a state trooper once there was an emergency.

"It was amazing to see him get it," Williams said. "All three of the girls were there at the awards ceremony."


AAST Foundation tops 3 Million dollars awarded in scholarships!


American Association of State Troopers Foundation

We have topped 3 Million dollars awarded in scholarships!

We would like to take a moment to thank you for your support of Americas Troopers and their families. Our Foundation was created to assist members dependents with their higher education expenses. Since 1990 Our Foundation has awarded 4,170 scholarships now totaling over 3 million dollars. Without support from our members, supporters, companies and the general public that give to our causes, this would not be possible! This year we have awarded 111 scholarships totaling 78,500.00 which put us over the 3 million mark.

Your generosity is not taken lightly and we are forever grateful.

On behalf of AAST, Thank you!

John J. Bagnardi, Major (Ret)

Executive Director


Florida Highway Patrol Trooper passes from Covid-19 complications

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The Florida Highway Patrol is mourning the loss of

Trooper Lazaro R. Febles, an 11-year veteran. He died of complications from the coronavirus, family members said.

Febles leaves behind a wife, a six-year-old boy and five-month-old girl.

In a statement, the FHP said, "Above all else, Trooper Febles loved his family deeply and was a devoted husband and father. Please keep his family and team members in your thoughts and prayers."

Febles graduated from the 118th Basic Recruit Class in 2010 and served with Troop E in Miami.



Kentucky State Police's Trooper Island is back in-person this summer!

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Last year, Kentucky State Police’s Trooper Island was held virtually because of COVID-19, but for the summer of 2021, troopers are looking forward to getting back on Dale Hollow Lake. All 16 Posts throughout Kentucky have a week that they bring kids to the island. Usually, about 500 total kids are able to participate. 

Kids from more underprivileged areas are invited to learn archery, canoeing, fishing, swimming, and other outdoor hobbies. But a larger lesson is on the agenda. With troopers serving in different roles- helping with classes or literally serving dinner to the campers- the main goal is to show Kentucky’s kids that their law enforcement wants to work with them and for them.

“That’s the big thing. To know, just because that trooper’s in a uniform, he’s not someone to be afraid of,” said Jonathan Biven, Trooper and Camp Director. “This place is magical. Not only for the children, but for the adults that come in to help out.”

Those involved say it is all about creating a place that is unlike any other, funded by donations and support from people who want the island to keep growing.

A fundraiser is underway now, as KSP raffles off a 2021 Camaro. You can be a part of that raffle until August 25. The winner will be announced at the Kentucky State Fair.

You do have to fill out an application to be able to attend Trooper Island. Applications can be found at most schools oonline.


A New York State Trooper and his K9 partner credited with locating missing man in Unadilla

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A trooper and his K9 partner are credited with locating a 92-year-old man who was reported missing by his family on Tuesday afternoon. 

On July 6, 2021, at approximately 2:44 p.m., troopers responded to a report of a 92-year-old male who was missing.  Troopers from SP Sidney and SP Oneonta responded to the town of Unadilla to search for the man who had left his residence on Sheep Pen Road sometime around 6:30 p.m., on July 5 but did not return home.  Troopers were assisted by Forest Rangers, Sidney EMS, Unadilla Fire Department, and neighbors. 

Trooper Darrell Dening and his K9 partner Kin were able to track the man and located him shortly after 4:00 p.m.  The gentleman was located approximately a mile and a half away from his residence but had not been able to make it back after falling down a hill. 

He was evaluated by EMS personnel on scene then transported by Sidney EMS to A.O. Fox for further treatment. 


New York State Trooper and his partner Tilly the bloodhound find missing woman

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A missing Dutchess County woman was located alive and safe on the 4th of July by a state police bloodhound and her handler from Columbia County, said Aaron Hicks, public information office for the Delaware state Police Troop K.

The woman, 83, is from Dover and was located in a brush-filled field about two miles from her home. Police were first notified by the woman’s family at about 5:34 am on Sunday, after they reported they could not locate her. She was last seen by her family on Saturday night at 9:30, Hicks said.

Troopers arrived at the woman’s home and began searching for her. Trooper Justin Bell and bloodhound Tilly were also requested to the scene. Police searched the neighborhood and many wooded areas looking for the missing woman.

Several hours later, Tilly and Bell found the woman in a field about two miles away from her home. The woman was in tall brush, near a wooded area, Hicks said.

Paramedics were requested to the location where the woman was evaluated and refused any further medical assistance before being released to her family.

“Trooper Bell and Tilly are Division assets, meaning they can be sent anywhere at any time,” Hicks said. “Whatever assignment Trooper Bell is working on, there is a stand-by replacement for him, which will allow him to track with Tilly, on a moment’s notice,” Hicks said.

Tilly was born on April 15, 2018. In April of 2019, state police announced that Bell was appointed to the position of Bloodhound Handler and will be stationed at the Livingston barracks.

In early 2019, Bell and Tilly graduated from eight weeks of specialized training in Cooperstown.

Bell has been a member of the state police since 2014, and has been stationed in both troops F and K.

State Police have been using bloodhounds since the 1930s. The bloodhounds specialize in the tracking of people, including missing persons.

In July 2020, Tilly and Bell located a car theft suspect from Ulster County who was hiding from officers. In December 2019, a man was found by the pair, hiding in a barn, after fleeing a traffic stop on foot. And in August 2019, the pair located an endangered adult who was lost in a wooded area in temperatures that exceeded 90 degrees. The person had Alzheimer’s disease and was missing more than four hours, but Tilly located the victim within 15 minutes of picking up the scent.

Way to go, Trooper Bell and Lilly!


State police K-9 ‘Roxy’ helps trooper find missing girl near Massachusetts Turnpike bridge

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Through the efforts of a Massachusetts State Police trooper and his K-9 partner, a missing Millbury girl was located near a bridge on Interstate 90 in the Worcester County town, authorities said.

Early Wednesday, Trooper John Doherty received a call from the state police Millbury barracks that the town’s police department was seeking help from a K-9 in its search for the missing girl, according to law enforcement.

Doherty responded to the house where the girl was last seen and checked around the area before deploying his K-9 partner, “Roxy,” using an object that had the child’s scent on it, state police said in a Facebook post.

Roxy went down a street before pulling right onto an intersecting roadway and then moving toward the wood line. The pair checked several yards along the way and continued down the street, eventually tracking to an overpass of the Massachusetts Turnpike, according to the social media post.

The state police K-9 went to the left side of the road toward the fence line, where the dog alerted the trooper that they were near the girl. Roxy appeared to want to get through the fence down to the roadway below, authorities said.

The trooper and the K-9 found a path around the end of the fence to the area below, where the dog pulled under the overpass. Roxy went up the incline to the area near the bridge deck, where the pair found the missing girl, according to officials.

“The juvenile was not injured and was brought out to a church parking lot, where she was evaluated by EMS,” state police said.


Indiana State Trooper Helps Stranded Ladies Make Lunch Date

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An Indiana State Police Trooper is being recognized after stopping to help some stranded ladies.

According to ISP, 89-year-old Donna and 91-year-old Helen broke down en route when meeting their 93-year-old sister in Bloomington.

That's when ISP Trooper Ross Johnson of the ISP Jasper Post arrived and gave them a ride so they wouldn't miss their lunch date. 

The ladies were also given permission to play with the siren.


Maryland State Police perform aerial rescue of patient on cargo ship in Chesapeake Bay

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The crew of Maryland State Police Aviation Command Trooper 6 performed an aerial rescue of a patient from a cargo ship in the Chesapeake Bay on Friday.

Shortly before 5:30 a.m. Friday, Trooper 6, based at Easton Airport, was dispatched to perform an aerial hoist of a patient from the Laurence Francoise, Breakbulk Carrier. The call was received from the United States Coast Guard, Sector Baltimore, which requested the assistance of a Maryland State Police helicopter.

The 750-foot-long Breakbulk Cargo Carrier was underway passing Cove Point in the Chesapeake Bay. The Trooper 6 helicopter crew launched and arrived on scene, then configured for an aerial hoist operation while the pilots maneuvered the AW-139 helicopter into a steady hover position 50 feet above the vessel.

The trooper/rescue technician was lowered to the deck of the vessel to assess and prepare the patient for the hoist.

The patient was hoisted up to the helicopter, where they received advanced level medical care while en route to Peninsula Regional Tidal Health in Salisbury.


Oklahoma State Trooper hilariously tries to rope in a cow from the side of a highway

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Watch this Oklahoma State Trooper attempting to wrangle in a cow from the side of the highway. On June 4, trooper Steve Meredith responded to a cattle call on US Route 59 in Adair County and attempted to get the beast under control. In the video, Steve can be seen using a lasso he retrieved from the trunk of his car to restrain the marauding cow. He successfully snags the animal, rolling across the ground in the effort. The bothersome bovine fights back though, pulling him along, and even dragging him to the ground at one point. "He just got jerked down," laughed the trooper recording the video. "He's getting dragged around." He added: "He's going to have to change uniforms tonight." However, Steve was able to get a handle on the cow and rein it in with no damage done. "He was successful in roping the cow!," said a rep for the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. "And the cow was not harmed." The cow had escaped from a nearby field and wandered onto the highway. Its owner was notified, and they were able to come and pick it up.

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Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Passes away

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The Findlay Post for the Ohio State Highway Patrol is closed after a sergeant on duty died at the location according to an OSHP Facebook post.

Troopers say Sergeant Jared M. Ulinski served with the OSHP for just over two decades.

He was a member of the 134th Academy Class back in June of 1999.  

The OHSP has not confirmed when or how Sergeant Ulinski died but says the incident remains under investigation by the Hancock County Coroner's Office along with the Patrol.

Ulinski was 44-years-old.

A procession to bring Ulinski's body to the Lucas County Coroner's Office included a rendering of honors on an I-75 overpass of by the Perrysburg Fire Department according to State Rep. Haraz Ghanbari, who took part in the procession.

On Saturday night, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ordered U.S. and Ohio flags flown on public buildings and grounds to be flown at half-staff as well as at the statehouse and some other public buildings in Columbus.

The flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Ulinski's funeral. 


Nevada State Trooper dies two days after hit by suspect’s vehicle

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Personnel with the Nevada Highway Patrol on Thursday were mourning the loss of Trooper Micah May, who authorities said died in a hospital two days after being struck by a suspect’s vehicle while on duty.

May had been laying down spike-stop strips on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas on Tuesday in an effort to stop an approaching suspect’s vehicle when that vehicle suddenly arrived and struck the trooper, FOX 5 of Las Vegas reported.

"With heavy hearts we confirm the loss of @NHPSouthernComm Trooper Micah May," the highway patrol’s Southern Command wrote in a Twitter message Thursday night.

May, 46, had served with the highway patrol for 13 years and had received a Medal of Valor in 2014 for courageous actions in the line of duty, KSNV-TV of Las Vegas reported.

"Trooper May’s heroism exemplified the definition of a silent guardian. His dedication and service will never be forgotten," George Togliatti, director of the Nevada Department of Public Safety, said in a statement, according to FOX 5. "Our hearts go out to this grieving family and recognize the unique sacrifice to the State of Nevada."

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a statement of condolence regarding May’s death.

"Kathy and I were heartbroken to learn of the passing of State Trooper Micah May, a 13-year veteran of the Nevada Highway Patrol, husband, and father to two," the governor wrote. "Micah passed away while bravely protecting his community, and while he has reached his end of watch, his heroic actions and contributions to the State of Nevada will never be forgotten. Kathy and I extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, his family, his loved ones, and the entire law enforcement community during this incredibly difficult time. May he rest in peace."

May leaves behind a wife and two children, according to FOX 5. He was the 12th Nevada state trooper killed in the line of duty, the report said.

The suspect, identified as Douglas Claiborne, 60, was later fatally shot as other law enforcement officers continued the pursuit.

Details on how the pursuit began and what prompted officers to fire at Claiborne were not immediately available. Claiborne had a history of arrests for charges such as battery and spitting at officers, FOX 5 reported.

On Thursday night, Trooper May was honored with a message posted on Interstate 15 by the Nevada Department of Transportation. "Respect & Honor For Your Service, Trooper Micah May," the message read, according to a Twitter post by FOX 5 anchor and reporter Lauren Martinez.


New Jersey State Police Lieutenant Dies Suddenly

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It is with great sorrow that Colonel Patrick J. Callahan announces the sudden passing of Lieutenant Matthew Razukas #5939, Field Operations Section, on July 27, 2021. Lt. Razukas served with the New Jersey State Police for over 20 years and was a member of the 122nd NJSP Class.

Razukas is survived by his wife, as well as his four children. "The entire New Jersey State Police family and extended law enforcement community extends our deepest sympathy to the Razukas family during this difficult time," Callahan said.The cause of death was not made public.


Trooper Herman Brown Memorial Highway/ Portion of M-50 to be named in honor of fallen trooper

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A bill to honor Michigan State Police Trooper Herman Brown, a beloved law enforcement officer who spent his career at the Monroe post and who died in March from COVID-19, has been introduced in the state Legislature.

Senate Bill 502 would designate a portion of M-50 from Lewis Ave. in Ida to S. Raisinville Rd. in Monroe as the “Trooper Herman Brown Memorial Highway,” said state Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, who introduced the measure.

“Trooper Herman Brown dedicated more than three decades of his life to serving and protecting the people of Michigan and Monroe County,” Zorn said in a press release. “Trooper Brown served in the U.S. Marine Corps before returning to our state to become a state police trooper. Sadly, Trooper Brown lost his battle with COVID-19 earlier this year. This bill would help ensure we never forget his selfless commitment to our community and the real loss we have endured during this pandemic.”

First Lt. Greg Morenko, commander of the state police post in Monroe, said the tribute to Brown is well deserved.

“Trooper Brown’s dedication and service to the citizens of Michigan will be missed,” Morenko said in a statement  Monday. “Trooper Brown’s calm, professional demeanor and his signature smile will never be forgotten.”

Herman Brown lived for service, said Tracy Blackwell, Brown’s girlfriend.

“The oldest of five children born and raised in Detroit, Herman took on the role of protector and mentor, even in childhood,” Blackwell said. “Likewise, he served his community with the same dedication and heart he gave to his family and friends. He brought strength, humor, love and kindness to all that he did and to every life that he touched.”

In 2017, Brown was honored as Trooper of the Year, an annual law enforcement recognition event sponsored by the Monroe Exchange Club. His co-workers had called him the heart and soul of the Monroe post. And he was known to sign in daily at Monroe County Central Dispatch with his signature opening line when he began his shift by stating, “Trooper Brown, in service, taking that mighty bite out of crime…”

SB 502 has been referred to the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for consideration. If the bill is signed into law, it will have no fiscal impact on the state or local government, Zorn said. State law requires sufficient private contributions to completely cover the cost of erecting and maintaining markers indicating the name of a memorial highway.