Mt. Zion Community Unit School District's baseball team is honoring fallen ISP Trooper Todd Hanneken this season.
The 15U travel baseball team now has a patch of Trooper Hanneken's badge on their sleeves.
Trooper Hanneken's son Nick is on the 15U travel team. His other son, Ben, also plays baseball for Mount Zion High School.
Illinois State Police say this year is the first baseball season Trooper Hanneken hasn't been able to cheer on his boys at the ballpark.
A single-vehicle crash in March on Route 10 in Bondville claimed the life of the 20-year veteran of the Illinois State Police.
Hanneken was just 45 years old.
He is survived by his wife, Shelley; his two sons, Ben and Nick; his brother, Chad; his mother, Vickie; and his father, retired ISP Trooper Jerry Hanneken.
Michigan State Police canine Rex dies after car crash in Detroit
The Michigan State Police lost one of its canines, Rex, after a car crash early Sunday morning on a Detroit freeway.
An MSP canine unit was on southbound M-10 at Linwood, positioned across all lanes to help with the flooding that made the freeway too dangerous to drive on, according to the MSP Metro Detroit Twitter account.
The freeway had already been closed for several hours when, at around 1:05 a.m., the trooper said his patrol car had just been hit and the vehicle involved was in flames. The Detroit Fire Department arrived at the scene shortly after to help with injuries.
Rex was moved to BluePearl Pet Hospital in Southfield, where he later died as a result of his severe spine and leg injuries.
“MSP Canine Rex was a member of the Metro South Post and was known for his determination in searching for suspects and articles,” the MSP Metro Detroit Twitter account said. “He was a tremendous partner to his handler and was an asset to the post.”
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers rescue driver from submerged vehicle
Several Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers rescued a driver found in a vehicle submerged in water in Warner.
According to the OHP, the troopers and staff at their Cadet Lawman camp were going to Lake John Wells for camp activities when they came across a vehicle that had run off the roadway and flipped upside down in water.
Trooper Trey Mathews, Shyanne Gatrost and trooper Brian Conaghan pulled the driver from the vehicle and began treating him. Coulter Sheets, Trooper Trey Sheets’ son and U.S. Staff Sgt. Air Force firefighter, arrived shortly after and stabilized the driver’s neck, OHP officials said.
Mathews and Conaghan continued speaking with the driver to keep him awake and calm while waiting for the ambulance. Trooper Jeremiah Hoyt and the Warner police chief also assisted.
It is officially time for our annual Best Looking Cruiser Contest.
Voting will begin today,Tuesday, July 20, 2021 12:00 p.m. (EST) and continue through Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (EST).
You will need to scroll down to the bottom of the page and select which state
you think has the best-looking cruiser from the drop-down menu to vote.
AAST 2021 Best Looking Cruiser Contest Starts Tomorrow
AAST 2021 Best Looking Cruiser Contest
Voting will begin Tuesday, July 20, 2021 12:00 p.m. (EST) and continue through Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (EST). Visit our Facebook page tomorrow for the Survey Monkey link to cast your vote.
Section of State Road 408 to be named after fallen FHP Trooper
A portion of State Road 408 between South Crystal Lake Drive and South Semoran Boulevard in Orange County was named in remembrance of fallen Florida Highway Patrol Sergeant Tracy Vickers.
Sergeant Vickers was a leader within the patrol and his troop and served as a Field Training Officer, training and mentoring new troopers. He was a graduate of the 131st FHP Recruit Class and served central Florida and the state for just over 4 years. He was also a Navy Veteran.
The crash took place just before 6 am in September 2019 as Vickers was on his way back home after working a night patrol shift. His vehicle struck a construction truck parked along the left shoulder of the roadway. At the time of his death, he was 31 years old.
“The brave men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol put themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis to keep our roadways and those who travel them safe. I was proud to sponsor legislation honoring our fallen troopers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” said Senator Lauren Book. “With these designations, our first responders will know that their sacrifice and heroism will never be forgotten by Floridians.”
Representative Chuck Brannan said, “It was my privilege to sponsor this legislation so that we can permanently honor those troopers who have given their lives in defense of all we hold dear. It is my hope that the motoring public will always remember their sacrifices as they pass by these markers on our state highways”
“Paying honor to Sergeant Vickers by designating a portion of S.R. 408 in his name is a great tribute,” said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “I would like to thank the Florida Legislature and Governor Ron DeSantis for ensuring the sacrifices of our fallen heroes are memorialized.”
The roadway dedication ceremony was held today at the Florida Highway Patrol Troop D Headquarters in Orlando, Florida. Leaders and members from FHP, Orlando Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, North Collier County Fire, Florida House District 10, Florida Department of Transportation, and the Brotherhood Ride were all present at the ceremony, including Sergeant Vickers’ loved ones. The roadway sign was unveiled at the ceremony, officially designating the portion of S.R. 408 as the “Sergeant Tracy Vickers Memorial Expressway.”
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People who helped pull Arizona DPS Trooper from burning car speak about experience
On April 30, a deadly collision on the U.S. 93 near Wickenburg nearly took the life of DPS Trooper Casey Rhinehart, who was trapped in his vehicle as it caught fire. Thanks to a couple of heroes, he is alive today.
“He was trying to break the window,” said Russell Christensen. “The flames weren’t huge, but it was getting bigger.”
“I reached for the handle and it wasn’t moving,” said Carolee Ervien.“I put my hands on the top of the door, put my foot on the side of the car and I pulled the door back enough to where I could reach in and help him down."
Ervine and Christensen described the scene as they worked frantically to try and save Trooper Rhinehart from the car.
“Conduct you displayed to save our trooper’s life was valor,” said Colonel Heston Silbert, Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
DPS says that Trooper Rhinehart had been assisting a disabled vehicle that he was escorting to the nearest cash station when another vehicle speeding down the opposite direction of the two-lane highway collided with them and other vehicles.
Two people were killed. Five others were transported with injuries, including Trooper Rhinehart.
Ervien’s vehicle was also hit but she still managed to run to the aid of others.
“I’m able to help and I need to help and I’m going to do whatever I can do,” said Ervien.
Trooper Rhinehart suffered a leg injury and couldn’t stand but still did his job.
“Officer Rhinehart was still running the scene from his back. It was crazy,” said Christensen.
The collision is still under investigation and Ervien is left with one thought.
“Didn’t have to happen. People lost their lives. People’s lives are changed forever,” said Ervien.
Both Ervien and Christensen went to the aid and comfort other victims in the collision.
Trooper Rhinehart is out of the hospital now and a GoFundMe account has been set up to help Trooper Rhinehart and his family.
TX DPS Trooper rescues man from burning truck
A 22-year-old man remains hospitalized in San Antonio after he was rescued by a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety who pulled him out of a burning vehicle earlier this week.
Gerardo Avila sustained first and third degree burns to his face, arms and shoulders after his truck overturned on the expressway at around 4:20 a.m. on Mother’s Day Sunday.
Armando Martinez, a DPS trooper, was patrolling the area north on I-69C near the University Drive exit in Edinburg when he saw Avila’s overturned maroon Ford pickup truck in the middle of the road, according to a news release from DPS.
“As Trooper Martinez was trying to remove the driver from the vehicle it caught fire on the passenger side near the driver’s head,” the news release stated. “Without hesitation, Trooper Martinez entered through the driver side window and continued working to free the driver, whose foot was jammed by the steering wheel. At that point, the flames had spread and the driver’s face and arms.”
A second trooper arrived at the scene and assisted in removing Avila from his vehicle and extinguishing the fire on his body, the release stated.
Avila is currently at the burn unit in the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio in critical but stable condition.
DPS announces the loss of West Texas Trooper
It is with great sadness the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announces the death of a Trooper in El Paso County. Sergeant Paul Mooney, 52, died Monday, June 14, 2021. He was battling cancer and was recently hospitalized with COVID-19.
“Sergeant Paul Mooney dedicated his life to protecting and serving the people of this nation, first in the United States Army and then as a commissioned officer with DPS,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We will never forget his commitment, and we send our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.”
Mooney worked as a Field Recruiting Sergeant for the West Texas Region, responsible for recruiting, testing and mentoring qualified applicants for the DPS Academy.
Mooney began his career with DPS in 2008, after retiring from the U.S. Army as a First Sergeant. Upon graduation from the DPS Academy he was stationed in El Paso, serving as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper for the next five years. He served in Mineral Wells, Waxahachie and Fort Worth, before being promoted to Sergeant in 2015. He was then stationed in Hurst for three years, assuming the position of a Field Recruiting Sergeant in 2016. Mooney returned to El Paso in 2018 where he stayed until his death. He is the 224th DPS officer to die in the line of duty since 1823.
Mooney loved dancing, hunting and spending time with his children. He is survived by his seven children: Jace Mooney, Russell Mooney, Lisandro Mooney, Eric Marquez, Rickey Hunter, Paul A. Mooney and Isabella Mooney; as well as six grandchildren: Amaya Hunter, Mila Hunter, Rylee Hunter, Alishae Marquez, Ian Marquez and Oliver Mooney.
Funeral services are set for Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at Abundant Living Faith Center – Westside Campus
Kentucky State Police make 11-year-old boy who has stage 4 cancer an honorary Trooper
Two Kentucky State Police troopers got to meet an 11-year-old boy this week who touched their lives -- so much so, they decided to make him an honorary trooper.
Trooper Copley and Trooper Goodall got to meet 11-year-old Braxton Obrien.
According to a post on Goodall's Facebook page, Braxton was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in his liver and kidneys in 2018. Braxton underwent surgery to remove the tumors.
In 2019, Braxton learned the tumors had returned and he had yet another surgery to remove them. All the tumors were removed and Braxton was able to return home.
Unfortunately about a month ago, doctors found Braxton's chest and liver were filled with tumors. Braxton was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and continued to fight it.
Doctors recently told Braxton and his family that the chemo was not having any effect on his cancer. After hearing the news, Braxton went home to Lawrence County under hospice care, Goodall said.
The two troopers met with Braxton Thursday. The troopers learned that Braxton wanted to serve his country, so they let him serve his community by making him Trooper Braxton.
Goodall said that while they were visiting with Braxton, despite his circumstances, all he thought about was his brothers and his family.
"If the world could have a fraction of the positive attitude and courage that Braxton shows it would definitely make a difference," Goodall wrote in his Facebook post.
Goodall said Braxton was the "most amazing boy" the two troopers have ever meet. He asked the public to pray for Braxton and his family.
Texas DPS Trooper reflects on rescuing man stuck under burning truck
A trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety speaks out after his heroic action is caught on camera.
Just after 4 a.m. on a Sunday night, DPS trooper Armando Martinez came across an overturned pickup truck in the middle of the highway on U.S. 281 by University Drive in Edinburg.
Stuck inside that truck was 22-year-old Gerardo Avila, unconscious while the vehicle caught fire.
“My only thought was to get Mr. Avila out,” Martinez said. “It was in the middle of the highway. Four in the morning, you do have traffic, but none of that mattered. It was just— get that person out safely.”
In less than two minutes, Martinez and another trooper rescued Avila from the flames; he is now in a San Antonio burn unit being treated for his injuries.
“I can remember how intense the situation got,” Martinez said. “The only fear that I had was that I wasn’t going to be able to get him out, but I was determined to make sure it happened.”
Kentucky State Police and Special Olympics bring back 'Cover the Cruiser'
Kentucky State Police once again showed their support of Special Olympics Kentucky by hosting the Cover the Cruiser fundraising event at locations across the commonwealth.
“Special Olympics emulates what Team Kentucky is building each day,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “It focuses on what we as Kentuckians have in common while accepting our differences in support of building one another up so that we can reach our fullest potential. I commend this fundraising effort by KSP and encourage everyone to stop by the location nearest them and help Cover the Cruiser.”
This fundraising event began in 2020 when the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run was canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Torch Run relays on foot the Special Olympics Flame of Hope to Madison County to kick off the state summer games.
Earlier this month, SOKY President and CEO Trish Mazzoni announced that the annual summer games will resume in-person this year utilizing a condensed format to allow for proper social distancing and implementations of other safety protocols. The ‘Cover the Cruiser’ event is being held prior to the official start of the annual summer games. This fundraiser concluded on Sunday, May 23.
“We’re excited to continue the Cover the Cruiser partnership with KSP. As they have so many times, they came through in an incredible way for our athletes last year in a time of great uncertainty,” SOKY President and CEO Trish Mazzoni said. “KSP has been a big part of our program for a long time. Their enthusiasm for doing this again this year has been incredible and we’re happy to have the opportunity to work with them.”
KSP raised $16,206 for Special Olympics athletes last year with the highest fundraising honor going to Post 11 located in Laurel County for bringing in $2,577 for SOKY.
“These amazing Kentucky athletes have always held a special place in the hearts of our troopers. So much so, that a friendly fundraising competition among posts has developed,” said KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr. “While we appreciate the efforts of our troopers, we would not have this success without the generous support of Kentuckians.”
Special Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization has been serving the needs of our athletes and their families since 1970 and welcomes 11,300 athletes in Kentucky.
State trooper soars to the rescue after hawk breaks wing
A juvenile red-tailed hawk is on the road to recovery after an Arizona State trooper soared to the rescue when the bird was found injured in Oro Valley Friday.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Trooper Perrin spotted the hawk hopping around the southbound lanes State Route 77 near Milepost 80 while on patrol at around 5:50 a.m. Friday.
After capturing the bird of prey with a raincoat in order to ensure its safety, Perrin discovered that the hawk could not fly.
The hawk was then transported to Tucson Wildlife Center for further treatment.
“The hawk is doing well and healing from a broken wing,” the Tucson Wildlife Center reported on Monday. “Once he’s completely rehabilitated he will be released back into the wild.”
Anyone who encounters an animal in need is advised to visit tucsonwildlife.com or call 520-290-9453.