Tennessee Highway Patrol Graduates Five State Troopers

Tennessee Highway Patrol Graduates Five State Troopers PIC

Feb. 22, 2024

Congratulations to Tennessee Highway Patrol Cadet Class #224. Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Matt Perry welcomed the newest graduating class of Tennessee State Troopers at the Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s Training Center in Nashville. These new troopers are all prior highway patrol or state police. One is a returning THP Trooper. The others are joining THP from the Florida Highway Patrol, Louisiana State Police, Arkansas State Police and New Jersey State Police.

Due to the extensive training they previously received, these new troopers were able to graduate after an in-depth five-week training familiarizing them with THP procedures and Tennessee traffic and criminal laws. Combined, the graduates bring 25 years of law enforcement experience to THP. Two troopers have prior military service, two others have Associate’s degrees, and one has a Bachelor’s degree.

"We are honored that these experienced law enforcement professionals chose to serve the citizens of our great state,” said Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long. “The Tennessee Highway Patrol is one of the most well-respected law enforcement agencies in the United States, which helps us recruit the best of the best from across the state and the nation. Congratulations to each of these new troopers. I commend them on their commitment and dedication to public service.”Line

Massachusetts State Police holds 89th Recruit Training Troop graduation ceremony

Massachusetts State Police holds 89th Recruit Training Troop graduation ceremony pic

FEB. 15, 2024

The Massachusetts State Police held their 89th Recruit Training Troop Graduation ceremony Thursday morning at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield. 

The 75 recruits, who began their time at the police academy in September of last year in New Braintree, began the event with a group demonstration before each member was presented with their state police badge.

State Police Interim Colonel Jack Mawn said this is the least number of graduates the department has ever seen, which he believes is partly due to a national workforce shortage. He said during his graduation speech these new troopers will face many challenges in their new role.

Mawn said the key for the new troopers to be successful, as well as recruiting future generations of police officers, will be to establish strong relationships with their community.

"We want to make sure that the way we get to the outcome is the right way to get there," Mawn said. "And in order to do that, we have to engage the community, we have to build trust, we have to operate in a procedurally just way, and that's the way best way to build legitimacy in any community that we assist our municipal friends with, particularly in western Massachusetts."

Mawn said the graduating class will next be assigned to veteran state troopers, where they will shadow them for a few months before taking on more independent roles.Line

Washington State Trooper Shot 9 Times and Survives

Washington State Trooper Shot 9 Times and Survives pic

On Friday February 16th, 2024, Trooper Ray Seaburg, a 21-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol, attempted to pull over a vehicle for suspicion of DUI when the vehicle fled. Ray terminated the pursuit and moments later he observed the vehicle involved in a collision and the driver fleeing on foot. Ray pursued the driver on foot. Ray caught the driver of the vehicle and during a physical altercation, the suspect shot Ray repeatedly.

Trooper Seaburg suffered a severed femoral artery among other injuries. A Kent Police Officer and a WSP Trooper applied lifesaving torniquets to both of Ray’s legs, preventing massive blood loss. He was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery for 9 bullet hole wounds in his legs and a bullet wound in his hand. Trooper Seaburg is expected to survive.

Trooper Seaburg is the sole provider for his family, wife Devon, daughter Payton and twins Autumn and Logan. If you would like to help the family during their road to recovery click the link below





Georgia trooper killed while investigating crash on I-75 in Clayton County

Georgia trooper killed while investigating crash on I75 in Clayton County PIC

February 20, 2024 

Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Chase Redner was killed in the line of duty while investigating a crash in Clayton County on Monday night, the Georgia Department of Public Safety announced.

Redner was investigating a fatal vehicle crash involving a construction worker on Interstate 75 North on Feb. 20 near Mt. Zion Boulevard when he was struck by a vehicle, according to GDPS.

He was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital where he passed away.

Redner was a graduate of the 103rd Trooper School and had been employed with GSP since 2017.

He most recently was a member of the GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team, the same team which is now tasked with investigating his death.

"The Department of Public Safety sends its sincerest condolences and prayers to TFC Redner’s family and co-workers. Please keep TFC Redner’s family in your prayers as they cope with the loss of their loved one," the Georgia Department of Public Safety wrote on its Facebook page.

Redner was the second state trooper killed on duty in less than a month.Line

‘It’s a boy!’: Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper helps deliver 2nd baby on side of highway in less than a month

Its a boy Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper helps deliver 2nd baby on side of highway in less than a month pic

Feb.3, 2024

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper is receiving praise for helping deliver not one, but two babies on the side of the highway in less than a month. 

Lauren and Mike Rosales left Ark City, Kansas, at about 3 a.m. on Jan. 12, hoping to make it to a Wichita hospital more than an hour away to welcome their second son into the world, but their baby had other ideas.

“The minute I told Mike that it was time to go, I just felt like we weren’t going to make it,” Lauren Rosales said. “All of a sudden, things got really real really fast and about the minute we got in the car, I was like, ‘Mike, this baby is coming. We’re not gonna make it.’”

Mike Rosales said his wife told him that he needed to pull over and the couple stopped on the side of Interstate 35 and called 911. Minutes later, Trooper Da’Von Brame came to the rescue.

The trooper stepped up as a calming force for the couple. He credited his training and the births of his three children with helping him with a checklist of what he needed to do. Brame knew the cold weather presented a concern, so he had blankets immediately available. “As long as the baby’s breathing and crying and staying warm, that’s what you do until paramedics get there,” he said.

With Brame’s help, Pierson Rosales was born on the side of the Kansas Turnpike.

Baby Pierson had arrived! Mom, Dad, and KHP's newest Junior Trooper Pierson made their way to the hospital, and all are doing great! Pierson and his big brother will always have a KHP Trooper Bear watching out for them! Congratulations to the Rosales family!

Lauren and Mike Rosales are grateful for Brame, with Mike Rosales referring to him as a “godsend.”

With another three weeks passing since Pierson Rosales was born, Brame isn’t expecting lightning to strike for a third time. But if he’s called to assist with another roadside delivery, he’s ready!Line