North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper delivers baby
State Highway Patrol Trooper Sgt. Brian Maynard can add baby deliverer to his resume. After leaving his family’s home Saturday night, the on-duty officer saw a couple going roughly 85 mph past him on the highway. They were in labor, according to WTVD. “I just feel lucky and blessed. To have been at the right place at the right time,” Sgt. Maynard said. The highway patrolman’s dash cam video during the traffic stop Saturday night captured the scene off Highway 64 near exit 429 in Wake County. Parents Jimmy and Laura Baker could no longer make it to the hospital. The baby’s head was pushing through. “He said ‘hey my wife is having a baby,'” Sgt. Maynard said. “I said OK well we’re going to do this right here me and you. I contacted EMS. Got them on the way. Grabbed my gloves, blanket. It was interesting. It was scary. I just tried to do the best that I could do with things I’ve seen on TV and things I had heard. Relieved that everything went good.” The Bakers and Sgt. Maynard, who is a 15 year veteran officer, delivered a healthy baby girl. “For so many years, I’ve seen a lot of death,” Sgt. Maynard said. “To be a part of the process that actually brings a life into this world is absolutely amazing.”
West Virginia State Police graduates 40 new troopers
For the first time since 2015, the West Virginia State Police has a new cadet class. The graduation ceremony for 40 new West Virginia State Troopers was held Friday, November 16, at the University of Charleston’s Riggleman Hall. “We are so excited about this,” Col. Jan Cahill, West Virginia State Police Superintendent, said. “It’s been almost four years since we had hired a State Police cadet class.” This new class of troopers took part in an accelerated course. They came from law enforcement backgrounds such as county, city, campus, or natural resource police officers. The accelerated class took about 10 weeks to complete with a couple weekends, according to Cahill. The basic class, that all of the 66th graduating class had already been through, is for trainees new to law enforcement and it takes between 25 and 30 weeks. “It was just a great class,” Cahill said. “This class just jived well together. After the first week, they were like a division one football team. They really worked well with each other and were talking last night at their dinner. “I think they wouldn’t have minded staying a few more weeks, they liked it. They liked the camaraderie and brotherhood together. It was an outstanding class.” Cahill said the force is up to around 630 with this graduating class, not as high as they’ve seen in the past with 690. “Any police agency across the state and nationwide will tell you recruitment, retention, and attrition are all the challenges of law enforcement right now. “It’s a tough job, It can a thankless job but it’s a rewarding career. The guys that put this uniform on, they never regret it.” Cahill and Governor Jim Justice announced at the ceremony that there is enough money for a 67th Cadet Class that will be starting January 7. It will be around the same size as the 66th class. Justice was among a number of speakers as he gave a graduation address. “I could not be more proud of you,” Justice said. “I mean that from the bottom of my heart. God bless you in every way. Thank you so much for having me and thank you for all those who came today to support you.” The 66th Cadet Class finished with an average GPA of 96.8, according to Cahill. The valedictorian of the class was Carolton E. Smith, who finished with a 99.9 GPA.
Florida State Trooper's 3 year old daughter diagnosed with Cancer
A Florida State Trooper’s 3 and a half year old daughter needs our help! Sgt. Ramirez’ precious daughter has been diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma or brain cancer. Rosie, a normal toddler, began complaining of stomach pain and began eating very little, her parents took her to be checked out and that is when a large mass was found in the toddler’s stomach. Later the mass was confirmed as stage 4 neuroblastoma, this cancer is aggressive and has spread to her bone marrow.
Please keep Rosie and the Ramirez family in your thoughts and prayers.
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Texas Department of Public Safety former trooper needs assistance
DPS Trooper Daniel Shown was shot in the head 8 days before Christmas, 24 years ago in Waco, Texas. He was giving back up to a sheriff's deputy who had reported "shots fired". The deputy had been trying to persuade a drunken man to come out of the house, lay down his .22 rifle and quit shooting. Daniel ran behind a big tree and shined his flashlight at the house. The shooter fired at the light. A bullet struck Trooper Shown in the center of his forehead. Daniel had to have part of his brain removed and had complications during surgery. He lost vision in his right eye, his left arm is totally paralyzed and his left leg partially paralyzed. Daniel lived thanks to another Trooper named Ramos that opened his airways and kept him from choking to death on his own blood. Daniel owes many thanks to surgeons, doctors, nurses and many DPS officer friends. Daniel has had many struggles over the years, including an automobile accident which crushed his right knee so he had to have a total kneecap replacement. He acquired an infection due to a sponge being left in his knee during surgery and now his right leg is fused together and does not bend like it should.
Daniel is a very humble man that is in need of some assistance. He desperately needs an updated motorized wheelchair that will allow him to live more independently within his home alone. He also is in need of a handicapped accessible vehicle to transport his wheelchair to church and to his doctor's office and to the grocery store. Any help you can give is appreciated to help Daniel keep living on his own. Please feel free to donate what you can and please share this with your friends so that we can get Daniel mobile!
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North Carolina Highway Patrol graduates 14 new troopers
The State Highway Patrol proudly welcomed 14 new troopers at a graduation ceremony for the 146th Basic Highway Patrol School. The ceremony was held at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Auditorium in Raleigh. Governor Roy Cooper and Colonel G. M. McNeill Jr., the 27th Commander of the State Highway Patrol provided remarks to those in attendance. The oath of office was administered by Associate Justice Cheri Beasley of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. “These newly sworn troopers are now a part of the promising future of our esteemed organization,” said Colonel Glenn M. McNeill Jr. “They are expanding on the great history of the State Highway Patrol and taking this exceptional training to the field to fulfill their role as ambassadors for our state.”
New York State Police swear in 158 new troopers
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today congratulated the 158 new members of the State Police at the 207th session graduation ceremony from the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy. "These new Troopers have answered the call and dedicated themselves to selflessly serving the people of New York State," Governor Cuomo said. "I commend these men and women for their hard work over the last 26 weeks and for their commitment to public service. Our state will be safer with these members joining the ranks and enforcing our laws." "There is no greater or more noble calling than protecting and serving the people of this state," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who spoke at the graduation ceremony. "I'm honored to congratulate the more than 150 brave and selfless men, women and veteran graduates, who are committed to keeping New York and its citizens safe. Congratulations to the 207th graduating class and thank you for your brave and selfless service making a difference in the lives of others." New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "After 26 weeks of difficult classwork and training, the 207th Basic School will continue the fine tradition of the State Police members that have come before them. This graduation ceremony is the culmination of the hard work you have shown over the past six months. It is also a testament to your continued dedication, as you waited years before your name was called to join the long gray line. I congratulate all of our new members and wish you luck as you start your career."
New York State Police trooper escorts wandering elephant back home to animal sanctuary
A New York State Trooper received the biggest shock of his career Sunday night while on patrol -- an 8,000-pound surprise, to be exact. Sgt. Dave Scott was on duty when police received a call around 11:35 p.m. detailing an elephant that had somehow gotten loose in Westtown, New York State Police Public Information Officer for Troop F Steven Nevel told ABC News. Scott and another trooper responded to the field within 10 minutes, where the elephant was enjoying her freedom. Scott, who is familiar with the area, had an inkling that the elephant had escaped from the Sanctuary for Animals, a farm that houses all kinds of animals, across the street. Scott then went to the sanctuary and alerted the owners of the elephant's breakout, who came out and ordered the elephant to go back to where she belongs. "They came out and spoke to the elephant like someone would talk to their dog," Nevel said. "They told her to turn around and head back home, and she started heading back home." The 46-year-old Vietnamese elephant named Fripha, who arrived in the U.S. after she was burned by napalm during the Vietnam War, was able to stroll out of the sanctuary after a worker forgot to turn on an electric fence, Nevel said. Fripha was not fazed by the commotion and remained "nice" and "friendly" during the run-in, he added. While state police often get calls detailing wayward bears, dogs and deer, it was the first time Scott had ever had to escort an elephant home, describing the encounter as "the strangest thing," Nevel said. "I wish I could have seen the trooper's face when it came over the radio that we have a wandering elephant," Nevel said. "I can imagine that he would have said, 'Can you repeat that?'"
'You just don't think,' New Jersey state trooper says after rescuing unconscious man from burning car
New Jersey State Troopers dragged an unconscious man from a car on the side of a highway moments before it was consumed by fire. In video released by the New Jersey State Police on Thursday, State Troopers Thomas O'Connor and Christopher Warwick can be seen yelling at the man to get out of his Ford Fusion before realizing he was unconscious on State Highway 42 in Camden County, New Jersey, just east of Philadelphia. Police responded to the call at around 11:23 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. When they arrived on the scene, they found the unconscious man pressing on the gas pedal of the car and smoke coming out of the front wheel well, State Police said in a statement on their Facebook page. "Moments after their arrival, the front end of the vehicle became engulfed in flames," the statement said. O'Connor told ABC News that he and his colleagues had been trained for these kinds of situations. He said that in that moment, they did not have time to think about anything else but saving the man's life. "You just don't think," he said. "You just go in and you're focused on trying to save somebody's life." Although the man was trapped in the car, O'Connor said that he and Warwick were eventually able to get his legs loose from underneath the steering wheel and pull him out of the driver's side window. Even though the ordeal only lasted a few minutes, O'Connor said it felt like much longer. "I guess at that current moment, it feels like you've been there for an hour. But in reality, it's pretty quick," he said. The troopers dragged the man to safety where he regained consciousness, according to the statement. He did not suffer any injuries. The two troopers happened to be in the area when the call about the burning car came in, they said. Warwick said that there was a sense of pride in helping the man, but that fellow troopers would have done the same thing. The video speaks for itself, Warwick said, adding, "I think it was a quick reaction. Fortunately, it had a positive outcome."
Ohio State Highway Patrol seizes 510 pounds of marijuana
State Highway Patrol troopers seized 510 pounds of marijuana from a truck they stopped on the Ohio Turnpike in Olmsted Falls. Troopers found the drugs, valued at $1.3 million, in a 2018 Penske truck with Indiana license plates that they stopped for speeding and a marked lanes violation, the Highway Patrol said in a news release. Troopers became suspicious when they stopped the truck about 1:20 p.m. Monday. They called in a drug-sniffing canine, the news release says. They found the marijuana packed into U-Haul boxes in the back of the truck. The Highway Patrol released a photo Thursday that shows roughly two-dozen boxes in the truck.
"Buckle Up Every Trip, Every Time" is new safety campaign by Ohio State Highway Patrol
With the holidays approaching and the road getting busier, law enforcement agencies are taking extra precautions to keep you and your family safe. “Buckle Up Every Trip, Every Time” is the new campaign of the Ohio State Highway Patrol this holiday season. While the seat belt law in Ohio is a secondary violation, officers are operating under a “zero tolerance” policy for violators of seat belt laws. They say that the holidays will bring heavier traffic to the area and more drivers from out of town who are unfamiliar with the roads. “Even if you’re from the area and you know the roads very well, you could be in front of, behind, beside someone who doesn’t. And again, you can’t always control what they do so if they cause a crash, you always want to make sure you have that seat belt on,” stresses Sergeant Garic B. D. Warner. The Ohio State Highway Patrol also reminds us that tickets can be written if the seat belt is being warn improperly as well. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates over 400 lives in Ohio were saved because of seat belts in 2016.
Indiana State Police trooper seizes $5M in illegal drugs during truck inspection
An Indiana State Police trooper seized $5 million worth of drugs during a routine DOT inspection on Tuesday, October 30. Indiana State Police say the trooper stopped the semi at the scales around 10:30 a.m. and got suspicious while talking with the driver. After receiving consent, the trooper searched the trailer and found 220 pounds of suspected cocaine and 65 pounds of suspected methamphetamine. The drugs were found inside travel bags and have an estimated street value of roughly $5 million. The trailer was loaded with aluminum crates and was traveling from California to Ohio.
Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seize nearly $70,000 worth of heroin
Two women are being held behind bars after a traffic stop uncovered heroin valued at $69,776 according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Thursday morning, October 25 around 2:44 a.m. troopers stopped a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 68. According to a news release by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers along with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office drug-sniffing canine were alerted to drugs in the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the heroin.
Connecticut State Police awards Medal of Honor
Dozens of Connecticut state troopers, municipal police officers and civilians received awards Tuesday, October 23rd at the annual state police awards ceremony, including one trooper who received the rare Medal of Honor. Trooper First Class Marc O’Mara was working a construction detail on I-95 in October 2014 in the Norwalk area when a bus bound for the Mohegan Sun casino pulled up behind him. A man on the bus had stabbed several passengers and was threatening more. He was locked in a struggle with a passenger as they spilled out onto the side of the road, where the attacker kept trying to stab the passenger. The knife-wielding man began trying to attack O’Mara with the knife, and O’Mara shot and killed the attacker. On Tuesday, O’Mara received the Medal of Honor, given to officers who perform bravely by risking their own lives in combat with an armed and dangerous attacker. He said after the ceremony that officers need to be ready for any type of incident to unfold in front of them. He was assigned to a construction crew for a routine night, but ended up confronted with a deadly situation. “The adaptability of what we do out there on the road and being able to change gears and respond to an emergency like says it all about our training and about this department,” O’Mara said. “When you’re out there representing this department or any department, and you’re in uniform, you can be called on at any time.” The volume of dangerous, unexpected situations represented by awards Tuesday shows the bravery of police officers on a daily basis, said Col. George Battle, state police commander. Any day can start out as routine, but a tragedy can quickly and unexpectedly develop, he said. “You never know what’s going to happen from day to day or from shift to shift,” Battle said.
Hundreds mourn slain North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper at funeral
Hundreds of people, including law enforcement officers, paid their respects to Trooper Kevin K. Conner at an outdoor funeral at South Columbus High School on Sunday. Conner was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop early Wednesday in Columbus County near the South Carolina line, authorities said. Conner stopped a white GMC pickup that was speeding on U.S. Highway 701 south of Whiteville. The truck pulled over near the intersection with Sellers Town Road, and when Conner approached the vehicle, someone inside fired multiple shots, hitting Conner in the face and the torso, authorities said. The gunman, later identified as Raheem Cole Dashanell Davis, fled the scene. A Good Samaritan happened upon a wounded Conner and called 911, David said. An 11-year veteran of the Highway Patrol assigned to Columbus County and the father of two children, Conner was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. "He was a family man. He loved his wife and kids. He loved his community," said Mike Baker with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Baker said Sunday's funeral was a somber moment to remember Conner's legacy. "We can do as many celebrations, we can do as many ceremonies as we possibly can to remember the legacy of Trooper Kevin Conner, it's not going to bring him back," Baker said. The bond between law enforcement was evident, as people from agencies in 22 different states attended the service. "It just shows we support each other in times of good and times of bad," Baker said. Conner's body was escorted to the funeral by the North Carolina Troopers Association Caisson Unit and Gov. Roy Cooper spoke during the service. The service was followed by a memorial outside the high school, which included a flyover. Jeff Tripp, president of the local nonprofit Blue Knights Motorcycle Club chapter said that even though some of their members didn't know Conner personally, they wanted to attend Sunday's funeral to show respect. "We want to show the Highway Patrol men that are here that we respect them. They're still out doing the job day in and day out," Tripp said. "It should tell you that we're all brothers in blue. We are the thin blue line." Tripp said the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club donated money to Conner's family from their officer down fund. Flags across the state were lowered to half-staff Thursday morning in memory of Trooper Kevin Conner, the 65th State Highway Patrol officer to be killed in the line of duty. In 2011, Conner was hailed a hero when he extinguished a car fire while saving a driver involved in a crash in Whiteville. Highway Patrol troopers and other law enforcement officers accompanied Conner's body in a procession along U.S. 701 Wednesday evening.
Pennsylvania State Police welcomes 99 new troopers
Acting Commissioner Robert Evanchick announced Friday, October 12, that 99 cadets graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey and have been assigned to troops across the commonwealth. The men and women represent the 153rd graduating cadet class. The ceremony at Bishop McDevitt High School marked the culmination of 27 weeks of classroom and physical training. Cadet Nicholas Manganiello, from Luzerne County, spoke on behalf of the graduating class.