State Police helicopter locates missing Elkhart County child

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July 4

ELKHART CO., Ind. (ADAMS) –Monday, July 4, 2022, a routine air patrol took a serious turn for Indiana State Police pilot, Sgt. Eric Streeval and Tactical Flight Officer, John Riggers, a corporal with the Capitol Police assigned to the Indiana State Police Special Operations Section.

While flying air patrol in Indianapolis, IN, they received a call around 9:15 p.m. that the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office needed assistance locating a missing child in rural Elkhart County. Streeval and Riggers immediately flew to northern Indiana to help search from the air.

They arrived in the search area just after 11:00 p.m. after stopping to refuel in South Bend, IN.

They began to search a corn field that was identified as an area of interest. After searching for about 45 minutes Streeval and Riggers decided to expand the search area and shortly thereafter identified what they believed to be the missing child east of the search parties. They stayed in the area of the missing child, giving directions to the search parties on the ground.

After about a half-hour of the search, parties reached the child. The child was found to be in good health even though they were missing for several hours in high heat. The child was returned home.

Riggers said, “I felt like there was an angel looking after that child that directed us to the right location.”

Riggers has been a Tactical Flight Officer for approximately one year. Streeval has been a pilot for the Indiana State Police for 19 years.

The Indiana State Police Aviation Section has two Bell 407 helicopters, a Bell 206L helicopter and two Cessna airplanes housed at the Greenwood Airport. The fleet is equipped with specialized equipment for search and rescue, traffic enforcement, criminal surveillance, and disaster assessment. It can be anywhere in Indiana in about an hour to assist first responders on the ground.Line

The home of a fallen Iowa State Patrol trooper has been paid in full

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Jul 1, 2022

WAUKON, Iowa —

The home of a fallen Iowa State Trooper is officially paid in full thanks to the help of a nonprofit group.

Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced Thursday that it has fully paid off the mortgage of Trooper Ted Benda's family.

The trooper was responding to a service call on Oct. 14, 2021, when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer. He died from his injuries.

Benda had served in state law enforcement for over 16 years.

Tunnel to Towers has paid off the mortgages on 22 homes belonging to fallen first responders in 16 states.Line

Vermont State Police celebrates 75th anniversary

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Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont State Police on Friday, July 1, will mark the 75th anniversary of the agency’s creation, a watershed moment that arose from tragedy and laid the groundwork for a proud legacy of dedicated service across generations.

State leaders established the Vermont State Police on July 1, 1947, in the aftermath of the disappearance of Paula Jean Welden, an 18-year-old Bennington College student who vanished the year before. When local officials were unsuccessful in pursuing the case, they called in state police investigators from Connecticut and New York — because Vermont had no similar agency. The case, which remains unsolved, rallied Vermonters and their political leadership to finally launch the Vermont State Police after many years of hesitation and debate.

“Three quarters of a century removed from those formative days, the Vermont State Police stands as a leader in public safety and law enforcement, working every day to serve all the people of the Green Mountain State: residents and visitors, survivors of crime, family members, stranded motorists, lost hikers — all who reach out for our assistance,” the director of the state police, Col. Matthew T. Birmingham, wrote in a letter to the agency’s current sworn and civilian members.

“Our organization and our people stand on the shoulders of those who served before us and built the Vermont State Police into the premier organization it is today,” Birmingham continued. “During the past 75 years, VSP has expanded and evolved into one of the country’s most professional, progressive, and well-respected police agencies.”

In 1947, Vermont turned to former U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Merritt Edson as the first commissioner of the newly formed Department of Public Safety, the parent agency of the Vermont State Police. His military background led him to fashion a rank structure and model the state police’s uniforms after those of the Marines. On Day 1, the state police employed 55 troopers and seven civilians.

Today, the Vermont State Police employs about 290 sworn troopers and 90 civilians, who operate out of headquarters in Waterbury and 10 field stations from just south of the Canadian border to just north of the Massachusetts state line. VSP has an authorized strength of 333 troopers and currently is hiring.

“It is my honor to say thank you, to each and every member of the state police, sworn and civilian, for your service to Vermont,” wrote Gov. Philip B. Scott in a letter to VSP’s membership. “You come to work every day, never knowing what you might face, but always prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of others. I appreciate your willingness to place service above self with a commitment to your core values of courage, honor and integrity.”

The Vermont State Police is marking the momentous occasion by unveiling commemorative license plates for each cruiser and badges for state troopers. These items will be displayed throughout the 75th anniversary year during 2022-23.

In his letter, Col. Birmingham wrote that VSP’s anniversary celebration arrives at the end of the “unprecedented and transformative past several years, when a global pandemic changed everything, and the country engaged in a difficult but much-needed conversation about what policing should be. I assure you, the Vermont State Police will be better and stronger for it.”

He added: “One thing has remained constant over these 75 years: Your work ethic is second to none, and you conduct yourselves with dignity, honor, and a sense of service.”Line

Dog adopted by Tennessee trooper who rescued her from extreme heat on side of highway

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Dog adopted by Tennessee trooper who rescued her from extreme heat on side of highway

A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper recently rescued a dog collapsed on the side of a highway in the sweltering summer heat, but little did he know that it would be the beginning of a special friendship. 

Trooper Pumpy Tudors was alerted by a good Samaritan to the small dog on June 15, located on the side of Interstate 75 "parched and desperately needing water and shelter from the heat," according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Tudors stepped in to offer water, the shade from an umbrella, and some snacks he had on hand. Tudors set up a chair beside the dog and worked to establish trust before eventually taking the panting pup to an animal shelter in Cleveland, Tennessee, to receive further care. 

Temperatures reached upwards of 95 degrees Fahrenheit in the area that day. 

"Pet owners, please make sure your pets are safe from the heat and have plenty of water," the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in a Facebook post.

The highway patrol post received hundreds of comments from people commending the trooper’s actions. 

"Trooper Tudors you are a hero! Thank you for so compassionately and skillfully helping one of the most helpless creatures. I hope you do get to adopt her," one person wrote. 

"Thanks to everyone that helps take care of those in need. It breaks my heart to see these things but makes my heart happy to know some people are so kind to care for anyone or animal in need," another added.

After no one claimed the dog, Tudors officially adopted the dog and named her Princess, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in a follow-up post. 

"She is still receiving treatment at the facility until she can go to her #ForeverHome," the highway patrol wrote in an update on June 24. 

A Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesperson told FOX Television Stations on Wednesday that Princess had officially gone to live at her new home with Tudors. 



49th Delaware State Police Annual Trooper Youth Week Cadet Graduation

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49th Delaware State Police Annual Trooper Youth Week Cadet Graduation

The Delaware State Police held the Trooper Youth Week Graduation Ceremony on Friday afternoon, June 24, 2022, at the Delaware State Police Training Academy Headquarters Complex in Dover, Delaware.

Twenty men and women representing high schools from across the state of Delaware participated in a weeklong training program that paralleled the experience of a Delaware State Trooper while attending our challenging Training Academy. In addition to daily inspections and the physical fitness regimen, the cadets attended classes that included: motor vehicle stops, crime scene investigation, drug investigations, drill and ceremony, defensive tactics and ethical decision making. Special Unit presentations included those by the Motorcycle Unit, Public Information Office, Special Operations Response Team, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, SCUBA, Aviation, Tactical Control, and the K-9 Units.

During the entire week, the cadets took up residence at the Academy to gain a better understanding about the profession of law enforcement and what it takes to become a trooper. The experience here was like no other for this graduating class.

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Street named in honor of slain Texas Trooper

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Street named in honor of slain Texas Trooper

The city of Palestine has honored the late Trooper Damon Allen by naming a street after him.

Allen died in the line of service on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 2017. The city of Palestine honored he and his surviving wife, Kasey, who was a paramedic in Palestine, by dedicating Damon Allen Way in his memory.

“The dedication of this roadway reminds us of the service and sacrifice peace officers like Damon Allen have made of our community,” said Sheriff Rudy Flores, a former DPS Trooper and Texas Ranger. “We should be mindful not to grieve their death, but to remember how they lived.”

“Dedicating a roadway is a great way to honor and remember those who have their lives to serve others,” said Police Chief Mark Harcrow. “In this case, the city was able to honor someone that lost their life in the line of duty protecting others. It’s also important we never forget these heroes. I drive by Damon Allen Way several times a day and each time I think about the sacrifice Trooper Allen made.”

Allen, 41, was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on I-45 in Freestone County, just south of Fairfield, at approximately 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 2017.

Allen had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Governor Greg Abbott made bail reform an emergency item during the 87th Legislative Session and placed it on the agendas for the first and second special sessions.

On Sept. 13, 2021, Gov. Abbott signed Senate Bill 6, the Damon Allen Act, into law at the Texas Pastor Council's Safer Houston Summit.

The Damon Allen Act will keep Texas communities safe and secure by prohibiting the release on personal bond of defendants charged with a violent offense or who are charged while released on bail.

The bill also requires a defendant be granted or denied bail within 48 hours of their arrest and that a defendant's criminal history be examined before setting bail.

"The Damon Allen Act ensures Texas communities are safe and secure by making it harder for dangerous criminals to be released on bail," Abbott said. "Texas cities will not follow the lead of Portland, Seattle, and Minneapolis; Texas will remain a law-and-order state and continue using every tool available to preserve the safety that Texans deserve. That is why I am proud to sign the Damon Allen Act into law, which will reform our broken bail system in the Lone Star State."


25 New Troopers To Graduate From Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy

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25 New Troopers To Graduate From Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy

Jefferson City, MO. – Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces that 25 troopers will graduate from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on Friday, June 24, 2022. The ceremony will take place in the Academy gymnasium, 1510 E. Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO, and the public is invited. The graduation ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and be live-streamed via the Patrol’s Facebook page. The 113th Recruit Class reported to the Academy on January 18, 2022, to begin the 25-week training to become a trooper. The new troopers will report to duty in their assigned troops on Monday, July 11, 2022.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe will provide the keynote address, and Colonel Olson will also address the class. The Honorable Patricia Breckenridge, Supreme Court of Missouri, will administer the Oath of Office to the new troopers. Four class awards will be presented. The recruits accumulate points toward graduation in the categories of physical fitness, firearms, and academics throughout their 25 weeks at the Academy. The person with the highest number of points in each category earns the respective award. Award categories include physical fitness, firearms, academics, and the Superintendent’s Award, which is presented to the person with the most points overall.

The names (hometowns) and first assignments of members of the 113th Recruit Class are listed below:

Troop A
Tyler R. Peoples (Lawson, MO), Zone 5, Ray and Carroll Counties
Christian J. Drum (Webb City, MO), Zone 11, Cass County
Braeden A. Perry (Kansas City, MO), Zone 2, Platte County
John M Haines (Deepwater, MO), Zone 8, Lafayette County
Madeleine C. Mennemeyer (Troy, MO), Zone 12, Johnson County

Troop B
Travis M. Wood (Macon, MO), Zone 5, Adair and Schuyler Counties
Santi J. Wilgus (Kansas City, MO), Zone 6, Clark and Scotland Counties

Troop C

Adam P. Billiot (Washington, MO), Zone 4, St. Louis County
Nicholas J. Bringer (Monticello, MO), Zone 13, Jefferson County
Jack J. Collins (Bolivar, MO), Zone 13, Jefferson County
Trey A. Gaedke (Newburg, MO), Zone 3, South St. Louis and Jefferson Counties
Mayer E. Mitchell (Ballwin, MO), Zone 16, Ste. Genevieve and Perry Counties
Eric R. Sikes (Sacramento, CA), Zone 2, North St. Louis County
Richard J. Waite (Troy, MO), Zone 5, Pike and Lincoln Counties
Clayton J. Walker (Marble Hill, MO), Zone 14, St. Francois and Washington Counties

Troop E
Denny J. Smith (Poplar Bluff, MO), Zone 2, Butler and Ripley Counties
Gregory A. Bixler (New Madrid, MO), Zone 8, Pemiscot and New Madrid Counties
Taylor J. Wiebe (Wichita, KS), Zone 8, Pemiscot and New Madrid Counties
Jaxton B. Edwards (Harrison, AR), Zone 10, Dunklin County

Troop F
Shayla C. Latture (Branson, MO), Zone 16, Camden and Miller Counties
Bailey N. Hunsicker (Nixa, MO), Zone 16, Camden and Miller Counties

Troop G
Noah G. Britt (Gainsville, MO), Zone 8, Carter and Reynolds Counties

Troop H
Saxton W. Pliley (Jamesport, MO), Zone 10, Daviess and Dekalb Counties
Jackson D. Schmedding (Clinton, MO), Zone 1, Atchison and Holt Counties

Troop I
Peyton L. Mason (Webb City, MO), Zone 8, Laclede County


State Troopers Hailed as Heroes After Photo on Saving a Suicidal Man

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State Troopers Hailed as Heroes After Photo on Saving a Suicidal Man Goes Viral

A photo taken by Massachusetts State Police Saturday showing State Trooper Paul O’Connor consoling a distraught man on the Tobin Bridge after successfully talking him out of committing suicide went viral on social media over the weekend.

The photo shows O’Connor with his arm around the man as the two sit on the curb. The man, who has his face buried in O’Connor’s chest, is clearly emotional as is O’Connor.

The photo has been shared nearly 20,000 times with thousands of comments thanking O’Connor and the other Troopers that responded for their care and compassion.

The incident occurred just after noon on Saturday when Troopers from Boston and Chelsea responded to the Tobin Bridge’s upper deck after reports of a man threatening to jump from the bridge.

“Responding patrols reported that the man had crossed over the barrier and was on the edge of the bridge, contemplating jumping,” said the State Police in a statement.

O’Connor was one of the first on the scene and was joined by Sergeant Peter Sennott and Trooper Randy.

O’Connor and the other officers established trust and communication with the man as State Police Marine Units responded to the Mystic River below the bridge.

Then, about a half hour later, O’Connor convinced the man to come back over the fence to the roadside of the bridge.

After the man was safely on the other side of the barriers and no longer posed a threat to himself, O’Connor sat with him and talked to him until EMS arrived.

The man was later brought to a Boston hospital for evaluation. Sgt. Sennott, who is a member of the Crisis Negotiation Unit, rode in the ambulance with the man.

“We wish him recovery and a safe and healthy future,” said the State Police in a statement.

Those responding to the photo on social media were moved to tears.

“This photo moved me to tears,” said Nancy-Jo Webster White. “It’s an amazing photo that captured such an emotionally charged situation.”

Drahcir Sirrah, said, “(This photo) is a celebration of life. He is safe thanks to some very dedicated police officers.”

Stacy Poutas has this to say about O’Connor’s actions, “It takes a special person to save someone with their words. Well done and I hope this gentleman gets the help he needs.”

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please know that help is available. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or contact them online at NSPL is available 24/7 and has a dial prompt for the Veterans Crisis Line as well as a Spanish line.


Traffic Stop Becomes Moment of Prayer for Trooper and Cancer Patient

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Traffic Stop Becomes Moment of Prayer for Trooper and Cancer Patient

A father and a North Carolina state trooper shared a tender moment during a traffic stop in March, and a photo of the scene has touched countless people.

Dr. Ashlye Wilkerson was returning from Duke University hospital where her beloved dad had been undergoing chemotherapy for his stage four colon cancer when she was pulled over for speeding, WTVD reported Tuesday.

Her father, Anthony Geddis, spoke up and said, “This is my baby girl. She’s driving me back home from treatment, I had chemo,” Wilkerson told the outlet.

However, Trooper Jaret Doty explained, “At that time I knew there is no way I’m writing this lady a ticket. I had to sit in there for a while just to compose myself to figure out what to say when I went back.”

In a social media post on May 29, Wilkerson said when the officer returned to their vehicle, he asked if he heard correctly that the man was battling cancer:

Meanwhile, Wilkerson and her father had no idea Doty had ulcerative colitis. He recently underwent surgery to remove his colon and had only been back on the job a few months.

He then asked the pair if he could pray with them, and according to her social media post, Wilkerson said he gave her father a small silver cross.

Her father passed away in May, therefore, she posted the touching image as a tribute to the two men.

Social media users responded to the photo with heartfelt messages.

“Thank you for sharing this beautiful story in your time of grieving. Prayers for you and your family,” one person wrote.

“Thanks for sharing. Never stop talking about your dad especially the fun and funny times. God will ease the pain,” someone else commented, while another person replied, “Such a sweet memory! Praying.”


Tennessee trooper adopts distressed dog he rescued

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A Tennessee state trooper who stopped to rescue a distressed dog on the side of Interstate 75 in Tennessee announced he would take the animal in as his own once it was released from animal control for treatment.

In a statement, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Trooper Tudors was alerted to a dog in distress on June 15. The pup was in desperate need of water.

The trooper had water, snacks, and a big shade umbrella on hand. Photos showed the trooper sitting next to the dog in the shade as it cooled off with a jug of water.

The dog was taken to Cleveland TN Animal Control for treatment.

In an update days later, the authorities announced Trooper Tudors adopted the dog, which his family named Princess. The pup was still receiving treatment before heading to her forever home.Line

Oregon State Police trooper uses training to rescue injured boy after wreck

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June 1, 2022

ONTARIO – As soon as she got off work that Saturday, Karlie Nutter didn’t feel well.

She couldn’t pinpoint the root of the unease so she initially brushed it off.

She was tired. Her day as a manager of Ruszoni’s Pizza in Weiser was long and she wanted to go home and take a nap. On this April 23, her two children, Rowan, 5, and Parker, 10, were set to go to a rodeo with her ex-husband.

Before she left for work, Nutter carefully laid out clothes for her boys for the rodeo.

Her anxiety, though, magnified when she reached home. The clothes she laid out for her boys were untouched. There was no sign her ex-husband or the boys had been in the house. That was strange.

“I felt really off then. I laid down to take a nap,” said Nutter.

Not long after, her cell phone rang. Her ex-husband, James Umphrey, told her there had been an accident.

A bad one.

And that Rowan was seriously injured.

“He said Rowan was being lifeflighted,” said Nutter.

Nutter, 31, said she “lost it.”

“I was just hysterical,” she said.

Then she pulled herself together and rushed to her car to get to the accident scene on Oregon Highway 201 just outside of Ontario.


Earlier that day, James Umphrey, 39, along with his parents, Bob and Connie Umphrey – both 64 - traveled to Fruitland in their black Toyota Prius for Parker’s soccer game.

After the contest, they picked up an ice cream cake for Parker’s upcoming birthday. They departed Ontario and drove down Oregon Highway 201 and were near Chester Road when they stopped behind a Ford Focus. The Focus was preparing to turn off of the highway.

In the back of the Prius was Rowan – in a booster seat – Parker and Connie Umphrey. Up front was James and Bob Umphrey. All wore seatbelts.

That’s when a Chevy pickup police said was operated by Waylon Duffy, 29, Nampa, pulling a large trailer slammed into the back of the Prius at high speed. The collison knocked the Prius off the road, landing upside down into an irrigation ditch.

“They were in eight inches of water. James kind of came to. Rowan and Connie were hanging upside down, unconscious,” said Nutter.

Parker Umphrey, though, was already out of the vehicle and trying to free his younger brother and grandmother, said Nutter.

“James went to get Rowan out first. When he got him out he had to climb the ditch. Rowan was unconscious. He was bleeding from both ears,” said Nutter.

Rowan took a few deep breaths and then became unresponsive.

Across from the irrigation ditch people who were attending a birthday party ran toward the crash.

“They ripped the doors off the Prius and got Bob and Connie out,” said Nutter.


Miles away on Interstate 84, Oregon State Police Trooper Ashley Johnson was moving through a normal day on patrol when she heard a call break over the radio about the crash. She immediately raced toward the scene.

 “I arrived on the scene and had some guys, bystanders, tell me this little boy needed help,” said Johnson.

Johnson said as soon as she saw Rowan her training kicked in.

“He wasn’t breathing and I couldn’t feel much of a pulse,” said Johnson.

She asked Umphrey to place his son on the ground and then Johnson began to do chest compressions on Rowan.

“I did CPR until medical arrived. I let them (paramedics) know that we needed LifeFlight,” said Johnson.

Johnson said she acted instinctively.

“You don’t think about anything else. In that moment I was completely focused on what I was trying to accomplish. I walked up and saw the boy in his arms and I began to assess what I was seeing,” said Johnson.

Johnson put several bystanders to work.

“I had one of them run and get my medical kit. Another person, I told them to find some scissors in the med kit while I was giving chest compressions. While I was giving compression, he helped me cut the boy’s shirt. There was a lot of help,” said Johnson.

Rowan began to breathe again.

A Lifeflight helicopter arrived and Rowan was whisked away to a Boise hospital.

Johnson focused on helping other OSP officers who arrived on the scene and put the incident behind her. Later, though, she gradually began to review her actions.

“I always go back and critique myself. Then you start thinking, wow, this could happen to anybody,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the incident made her think about her own children, ages 8 and 3.

“It makes you very grateful to be able to go home and give love to those kinds,” said Johnson.


Nutter picked up her ex-husband at the accident scene. Bob and Connie Umphrey were on their way to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario. Bob Umphrey had minor injuries but his wife suffered five broken ribs and a fractured lower back.

James Umphrey emerged from the crash with minor scratches and bruises.

On the way to Boise, James Umphrey told Nutter what happened.

“He was very traumatized. This was our biggest nightmare so we just made it through the drive, kept it together,” said Nutter.

As they drove, Umphrey received a call from Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

“Originally they lifeflighted him to St. Al’s. That is where the trauma unit is. They stabilized him there and told us they were taking him to St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center,” said Nutter.

It was then the parents learned of Rowan’s injuries.

“A skull fracture and a brain contusion,” said Nutter.

When they arrived at St. Luke’s Boise, medical personnel guided the two parents to the emergency room. Their son was behind a curtain and they watched as doctors and nurses worked.

“That’s where it gets kind of blurry,” said Nutter.

Nutter remembers doctors talking to her and her ex-husband.

“They were telling me that he was essentially unresponsive. They wanted to be totally upfront. They said his brain was essentially dead,” said Nutter.

Nutter said she “froze up.”

“All the doctors and nurses were very compassionate. They were just telling us, there is just very little response,” she said.

Along with the brain contusion, Rowan suffered multiple fractures to his skull. That, in turn, triggered swelling of his brain.

The next day, though, after a CT scan, there was a glimmer of hope, said Nutter.

“He was more responsive. His brain wasn’t as bad as they thought. That was a big relief,” said Nutter.

Through the week, doctors would lower the amount of sedation and did a series of the tests on Rowan, who was still in a coma.

“And physically he was responding with, like, arm movements. For a while one side of his body wasn’t responding as well as the other. The trauma was on the left side of his brain so his right side was not initially responding,” said Nutter.

Despite the long odds, Rowan continued to make small, but crucial improvements.

“Each day when they turned his sedation low, there was a little more movement and responsiveness,” said Nutter. “Everything was essentially healing on its own,”

Rowan’s breathing tube was removed, and he began to respond even more to the tests doctors performed.

Eventually, Rowan came out of his coma and the ICU. A few weeks ago, he traveled to Salt Lake City for pediatric rehabilitation. Progress, said Nutter, has been slow but steady. He can communicate through hand squeezes and head nods, said Nutter, and he recognizes his parents, his big brother and can understand them.

“He has a long road ahead of him. Now it is just a matter of time,” said Nutter.


Johnson doesn’t see her actions as heroic. She was just doing her job.

“We are all given the same training. Whether it’s me or whomever from the office shows up, I think anyone would have assessed the situation and jumped into action,” said Johnson.

She said it took “a couple of days” to process the crash and her actions.

Sometimes simple things – like holding her daughter – elicited a memory from that day.

“The squish of her belly brought me back to that moment of doing those chest compressions. That took me off guard,” said Johnson.

Johnson said memories of the incident still linger in her mind’s eye.

“I think about it every day and I think about the little boy and his family and pray for them and his safety,” said Johnson.

Then Johnson paused.

“It is hard to go to something like that. It makes me very grateful for the things we sometimes take for granted,” she said.Line

California Highway Patrol welcomes nine new canine teams

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May 13, 2022

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) today announced the graduation and deployment of nine new canine teams.

After months of intensive training, the CHP certified its newest members during a ceremony at the CHP Academy’s Canine Training Facility.

“These nine teams are joining an already astonishing unit that serves as a vital part of the Department in protecting the public,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray. “The canines have received hundreds of hours of intense training and are ready to serve and support the mission of the CHP.”

The graduates consist of eight Patrol and Narcotics Detection Canine teams and one Patrol and Explosives Detection Canine team, all of which meet the guidelines set by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

The newest team members include two Belgian Malinois, two Dutch Shepherds, and five German Shepherds. The CHP now has a total of 53 canine teams deployed throughout the state.

Each canine’s partner, or handler, is an experienced CHP officer with anywhere from three to 15 years of experience.

The officers represent the CHP’s eight geographic regions of Northern, Valley, Golden Gate, Central, Southern, Border, Coastal, and Inland Division. Once deployed, the handlers will spend a minimum of eight hours every week training with their canines to ensure the highest level of peak performance by creating scenarios similar to what is experienced out in the field.Line

Tennessee Highway Patrol Graduates 36 State Troopers


Friday, May 20, 2022 

NASHVILLE --- On May 20, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Matt Perry welcomed the newest graduating classes of Tennessee State Troopers. The department simultaneously instructed a regular 16-week trooper cadet class and a 10-week lateral trooper cadet class. The lateral class returned from their district assignments for the graduation ceremony that took place at the Hermitage Hills Baptist Church in Nashville. To view highlights of the graduation, Click Here.

Lateral Trooper Cadet Class 422 graduated 14 trooper cadets composed of all prior Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified law enforcement officers. Class 422 completed 10-weeks of specialized training to build upon their training and experience received as prior law enforcement officers.

Trooper Cadet Class 522 graduated 22 cadets. This was a traditional full 16-week trooper cadet class. This included four cadets with prior military service, one cadet with an Associate degree and five cadets with Bachelor’s degrees.

The new graduating troopers completed intense physical and classroom training which earned them their badges. After graduation, the new troopers will continue training with troopers who are classified as Field Training Officers. This additional training will consist of more than 400 hours of hands-on experience in the field.

Governor Lee served as the keynote speaker during the graduation ceremony, and Commissioner Jeff Long swore in the new troopers as they delivered their oaths of office.

“The Tennessee Highway Patrol plays a crucial role in protecting Tennesseans, and I commend the newest trooper class for answering this important call to service,” said Gov. Bill Lee. “This year, we made strategic investments to put 100 additional troopers on Tennessee roads, strengthen training and prioritize proven crime prevention, and we’ll continue to give law enforcement the support they need to keep every Tennessee community safe.”

“Today, we recognize the hard work and perseverance you have shown during several months of difficult physical and academic training,” said Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Jeff Long. “You are now part of a thin blue line that brings order during chaos. At times you will selflessly put your life on the line for people you have never met. In return, you will make Tennessee a safer place to live and work in. I’m proud to congratulate you as you join one of the most respected law enforcement agencies in the United States.”

“When you leave here today, and every day as you don your uniform, remember that service is at the heart of being a Tennessee State Trooper. Perform your duty with honor and treat this badge and uniform with respect. This job will test you. It will test your patience, your compassion, your mental and physical strength. It will challenge you with adversity, stress, and long days and nights. But it is work worth doing. You no longer serve only yourself; you serve the citizens of the state of Tennessee and those that travel through our state.”

From their own resources, Cadet Class 522 conducted a class project. This resulted in the cadets donating 22 backpacks filled with school supplies for students at Hickman Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Bethel University presented a $5,000 scholarship to Trooper Cody Roberts. Trooper Roberts is assigned to Maury County, of the THP Lawrenceburg District. 

Trooper Albert South of class 522 was named the top cadet for his class and was presented with the Trooper Calvin Jenks Memorial Award for Excellence for achieving the overall highest average. The award was named in honor of the late Trooper Calvin Jenks, who was killed in the line of duty in January 2007. Line

North Carolina State Highway Patrol comes together to celebrate woman’s final chemotherapy session

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North Carolina State Highway Patrol comes together to celebrate woman’s final chemotherapy session

June 20, 2022 

 WWAY News

HIGH POINT, NC (WWAY) — Friday was a big day for Jennifer Covington, with her celebrating her final chemotherapy session along with members of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

The highway patrol says Covington is a family friend of a member of Troop E.

Members of the Troop D and Troop E turned out to the Haywood Cancer Center in High Point to surprise Covington as she exited the hospital.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol displayed their cancer awareness patrol vehicle, “SHP HOPE,” in recognition and support for breast cancer patients who are fighting to beat this disease all over the world.


Indiana State Police dedicate Trooper Cory R. Elson Memorial Way

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Indiana State Police dedicate Trooper Cory R. Elson Memorial Way

May 18, 2022

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – The Indiana State Police had their annual memorial service for fallen officers today at the post in Fort Wayne.

They also dedicated the Trooper Cory R. Elson Memorial Way which is meant as a way to remember the trooper who died in the line of duty in 1999. Family of Trooper Elson was on hand for the memorial ceremony.

Amy Elson, widow of Trooper Elson said the naming of the roadway is a way to not only remember his contributions, but the contributions of all officers, everyday.