53 trainees take oath at Connecticut State Police graduation ceremony

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March 24, 2022

Fifty-three Connecticut State Police trainees took an oath of office during a graduation ceremony Thursday at the Hartford Armory.

This year's class is made up of 38 men and 15 women.

During a 28-week period, the group completed more than 1,400 training hours, both online and in person.

They also completed physical conditioning, firearms training and active shooter responses.

Troopers will now be assigned to one of 11 state police troops.Line

Maine State Police trooper whose leg was amputated shares his journey

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April 7, 2022

AUGUSTA, Maine — There are moments in our lives that shift the ground beneath our feet. When those moments come and our journey changes dramatically, the story becomes not what happened but how we rise to the challenge.

Maine State Police Trooper Mickael Nunez's life changed in an instant two years ago when trying to stop a high-speed chase. The 32-year-old, who joined the Maine State Police five years ago, has not spoken about the incident with any television reporters until now. 

Nunez, who grew up in Massachusetts, thought he would pursue a career in medicine. But as a young adult, he realized his passion for the community was better suited for law enforcement.  

"It's the service to the community and putting myself out there for the community and the country," Nunez, who is also a member of the National Guard, said. 

Nunez remembers hearing a call on the radio in the early evening of June 14, 2020, about a nearby high-speed chase. In an attempt to deter the driver from possibly causing injury to others, Nunez arrived at Route 3 near China. He was starting to set up spikes when he was struck by the driver, Robert Belmain of Caribou. The crash threw Nunez from the side of the road into a ditch. 

"For a fraction of a second, I thought, 'Oh no. This is really bad.' And I felt this overwhelming sense of fear," Nunez said. 

As the only officer on the scene, his years of training kicked in, and he forced himself to remain calm. The pain was intense, and Nunez quickly realized he was severely injured. 

"I just knew I had to keep mentally fighting," Nunez said.

Nunez was rushed to Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, where he underwent hours of surgery for his broken right leg. Surgeons took an artery from his left leg and implanted it in his broken leg to try and save it. Nunez, who was an avid runner and hiker, pleaded with surgeons to do all they could to keep his leg. 

"He's a physical guy," Lt. Patrick Hood, troop commander, said. "He needs this to come out in the most positive way. And for me, not having a lot of experience with amputees, [I thought] he can't lose that leg. That is not an option."

"The [surgeons] wanted to do everything they could to help me out," Nunez said. 

But after three surgeries that lasted more than 12 hours, the doctors determined his leg could not be saved. 

His right leg was amputated. It was a decision those around him worried would take him from the work he was passionate about and the sports he loved. 

At Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Nunez learned how to tackle life without a limb. While there, he approached each day, each physical and occupational appointment, with tenacity, rising early, in part because the pain was so great, he could not sleep. He worked hard, did more than asked, and was able to leave the rehab days ahead of schedule. 

"I think I have always known that I am resilient, but I realize it is helpful to be that way, and I have become highly aware that it makes a difference to keep pushing on," Nunez said. 

The two years of pushing, grinding, dealing with overwhelming pain, and learning to live with a prosthetic leg have paid off for Nunez, who returned to full-duty service with the Maine State Police in June of 2021: the first Maine State Trooper amputee in the state's history. 

Nunez had to retake his driver's license because he now drives with his left leg. He could have had a special car to accommodate his prosthetic leg, but Nunez didn't want that. He said he wants to be able to react to any and all circumstances as a law enforcement officer, just as he did before the crash. That means being able to use any car, especially in the case of an emergency. 

Nunez has been taking and passing Maine State Police tests as they come without any special accommodations. 

"It is just another testament of the type of person Mickael Nunez is," Hood said. 

Pushing limits while in uniform and out of it is a theme for Nunez, who has returned to his beloved hobbies of running and hiking. He has even added new sports to his repertoire, including ice skating and jump roping, in large part to show other amputees they can do anything with a prosthetic.

In 2021, Nunez hiked Katahdin for the first time with his new leg. 

"I wish I could tell folks it was this emotional thing, but the first thing I started thinking [at the top of Baxter Peak] was: 'Can I do it faster?'" Nunez said. 

He has since climbed Katahdin three more times, with his quickest time clocked at about three hours. He also hiked Mount Washington last year and has participated in a Spartan Race and an event with the Travis Mills Foundation. 

Nunez, who was very private on social media before his accident, has decided to use it as a forum to inspire other amputees. His recovery has been buoyed by his family, his brothers in blue, and the community. 

"The community started to know this is Mickael Nunez. This is the guy who stood in front of that speeding car to stop a chase that needed to be done before someone got killed," Hood said. 

"I am so grateful for all the people who have helped me to continue on this journey," Nunez said. 

The driver who hit Nunez was charged with aggravated assault and was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison. Nunez said he doesn't spend time thinking about the driver. 

"The more time I dwell on that, the more time I am not thinking about my own life and how to move forward," Nunez said. 

Nunez still has one surgery ahead of him to help with the nerve pain he continues to deal with on a daily basis.Line

MSP trooper saves swan on shoulder of I-696 in Detroit area

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It wasn't the sort of emergency Michigan State Police usually find on Metro Detroit roads but it ended up a successful rescue.

While on patrol during the Monday morning rush hour, a trooper with the Metro North post in Oak Park spotted a swan standing on the shoulder along Interstate 696, the agency said on Twitter.

"He was able to get the swan into a bag and bring the swan to the post," MSP tweeted. "We have a swan rescue on the way!"

Troopers snapped photos with the white-feathered bird on the grass outside the post.

The swan has since been transferred to a rescue group, MSP First Lt. Michael Shaw said.Line

Tennessee Highway Patrol Graduates 56 State Troopers

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Friday, March 4, 2022

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner 
Jeff Long and Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Matt Perry announced the newest graduating 
classes of Tennessee State Troopers on Friday.

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 on Lebanon Road in Nashville.

The 46 graduates of Trooper Cadet Class 1021 included five prior law enforcement officers, 14 
cadets with prior military service, six cadets with associate’s degrees, 19 cadets with bachelor’s 
degrees and one cadet with a master’s degree. 

Lateral Trooper Cadet Class 921 graduated 10 trooper cadets composed of all prior Police Officer 
Standards and Training (POST) certified law enforcement officers. Class 921 had two cadets with 
bachelor’s degrees and one with a master’s degree. 

Governor Bill 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.

“Law enforcement is a calling, and I commend Tennessee’s newest trooper class for their 
commitment to protect and serve their fellow Tennesseans,” said Governor Lee. “The Tennessee 
Highway Patrol plays an essential role in ensuring public safety, and I remain dedicated to 
supporting them with strong investments in high-quality training, recruitment and the resources 
needed to keep our communities safe.”

“Each one of you earned this incredible honor of being chosen to serve as a Tennessee state 
trooper,” said Commissioner Long. “You now rank among the best of the best. Congratulations 
on your graduation and you will be a representative for Tennessee’s finest.”

“This class has presented you with some unique challenges, and throughout your career, you will 
continue to be challenged,” said Colonel Matt Perry. He reminded the graduates that adversity 
comes with the job and challenged them to rise to the adversities they will face. He continued, 
telling the newest members of the Highway Patrol, “You no longer serve only yourself; you serve the citizens of the state of Tennessee and those that travel to and through our state."

Cadet Class #1021 hosted a blood drive with American Red Cross and Blood Assurance. They also collected money to donate to Waverly Police Chief Grant Gillespie to help with flood recovery efforts in Humphreys County as part of their class project.

Bethel University presented a $5,000 scholarship to Trooper Bailey Williams. Trooper Williams will 
serve at the Nashville District.

Trooper James Roark of class 1021 was named the top cadet for his class and was presented with the Trooper Calvin Jenks Memorial Award for Excellence for his leadership, work ethic and 
academics. The award was named in honor of the late Trooper Calvin Jenks, who was killed in the 
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Montana Highway Patrol welcomes 13 new troopers

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Mar 04, 2022

HELENA — On Friday at the Civic Center in Helena, 13 students officially became Montana Highway Patrol troopers.

After 23 weeks of training, the 74th class of MHP officers graduated, becoming the first class to train at the new Boulder campus.

With their family members and friends in the crowd, the officers dedicated their careers to serve the communities where they will be stationed.

Graduate Lance Hansen says the weeks of training and support from his family have pushed him to do his duty to serve.

Here is the roster of the graduates and their respective home towns:

Matthew Cope; Dahlonega, Georgia

Tyler Dager; Oneida, New York

Michael Gray; Mount Vernon, Illinois

Lance Hansen; Wibaux, Montana

Tyrel Hendrickson; Chester, Montana

Andy Ivanoff; Kalispell, Montana

Jacob Millington; Castle Rock, Colorado

Joseph Oliver; Damascus, Maryland

Eric Paulsen; Stevensville, Montana

Tiana Ripo; Long Island, New York

Virgil Sadewasser; Libby, Montana

Tierney Wienholz; Great Falls, Montana

Ethan Yordsilp; Shreveport, Louisiana

This first class at the new location highlights some of the advantages MHP leaders identified when they moved their headquarters from Helena to Boulder last summer.

The campus – the former site of the Montana Developmental Center – includes more than 30 acres and a variety of buildings that were ready for use. Cadets have “combatives” self-defense training in the gymnasium, get their meals in the cafeteria, and stay in the former residential cottages.

“It’s helpful to get to live by the other cadets, so that after hours, if there’s studying that we need to do or physically training together to prepare, we have each other to help each other out,” said Tierney Wienholz, a cadet from Great Falls, about the months-long experience.Line

Trooper rescued from burning car after crash in Puyallup

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State trooper recovering after civilians rescue him from burning car

A semi-truck and WSP patrol car crashed at an intersection in Puyallup, causing a state trooper to become trapped in a burning car. Bystanders quickly rushed in to carry him to safety and treat his wounds.

People pulled a Washington State Patrol trooper from a burning car early Friday, Patrol officials said Saturday.

The trooper was involved in a crash with a commercial motor vehicle near highways 167 and 161 in Puyallup. The trooper’s car caught fire around 1:20 a.m., and people in the area rescued him. State Patrol Trooper Anthony Reese on Saturday did not know how the people came to help the trooper or how many pulled him to safety. The trooper was taken to MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The trooper, who has not been named, was in stable condition Saturday afternoon. Information about the other driver’s condition was not immediately available.

The Patrol’s criminal investigation division is investigating the collision, Reese said.Line

ALEA Trooper Class 2021-B graduates at ALEA’s Training Center in Selma

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SELMA – The 20 Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Trooper Trainees who composed Class 2021-B, successfully completed their respective training and graduated from the ALEA Training Center in Selma on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

ALEA’s Department of Public Safety Director and Colonel Jimmy Helms served as the guest speaker at the ceremony and commended the class on their hard work and perseverance to become ALEA Troopers. Colonel Helms recently celebrated 25 years with the Agency and over 30 years of law enforcement experience. As he reflected on his time as a Trooper Trainee, as well as his experiences as Director of ALEA’s Training Center, he encouraged all members of 2021-B to build upon the lessons they learned while at the Training Center and continue to meet expectations of excellence.

“There is an expectation of excellence, as it relates to the overall performance of ALEA Troopers, that has never changed. Each one of you will have to overcome obstacles and hardships, but nevertheless you will protect and serve the citizens of the state of Alabama,” he said. “The perception is, that when citizens see you, they believe you are the best the state of Alabama has to offer. When they look at you, they see a professional, and that is what we strive to provide to the citizens and visitors of this great state, quality service and true professionalism.”

On behalf of ALEA’s Secretary Hal Taylor, Colonel Helms also recognized the families and friends for their continued support of Trooper Class 2021-B, made possible with continued support from Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama’s Legislature.

All members of 2021-B were certified by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOST-C), and they were sworn in by the Executive Secretary of APOST-C Chief Alan Benefield.

Class members are Carlton R. Anderson, Guidon Bearer Connor R. Bevis, Brett L. Burgett, First Squad Leader Patrick J. Carter, Starlan A. Ellis, Levi E. Hasselbring, Secretary/Treasurer Lee F. Jenkins III, Sergeant-at-Arms Mary A. Little, President Brian C. Pearce, Xavier P. Pouncey, Montrell L. Rice, Michael D. Sanders, Michael J. Schooley, Kobie B. Smith, Second Squad Leader Tommy M. Stephens, Chaplain Nickolas L. Thompson, John A. Warren, Griffin L. Webb, Steven D. Wilson and Vice President Sedrick S. Woodget.Line

Thank You For Saving My Life’: Unlikely Friendship Formed Between State Trooper & Drunk Driver

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s a friendship so unlikel that it seems impossible. A college student, on the worst night of his life, meets the best person he could’ve imagined.

Meet Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Keenan Jones.

“I work the dog watch shift in west metro Minneapolis,” Jones said. “I work from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.”

It’s work this Army brat-turned officer loves.

“Meet a lot of people, talk to people that aren’t always like me and they’ve got their own stories and experiences that they share with me,” Jones said.

And boy, was that ever true on one fateful night four years ago. Minnesota native Jake Bosacker, a criminal justice major at Texas Christian University, was home for Christmas break.

“I was downtown with some friends and tried to make it back home after having a few drinks,” Bosacker said.

It was a pretty busy night for Trooper Jones.

“I think I had arrested two drunk drivers,” Jones said.

He heard another call about another erratic driver. Jones had already gone back to the station to do some paperwork, but he had a feeling this was a call he needed to answer – and he was right.

“As soon as I got back on [Highway] 100 there, he was right there in my face, just weaving all over the place,” Jones said. “I figured that I’d definitely had to make a stop.”

Bosacker says the next thing he remembered were blue lights and sirens behind him. Jones said as he approached the vehicle, he saw Bosacker “covered in blood.”

“Instantly smelled the strong odor of alcohol that he’d been drinking,” Jones said. “He was pretty, pretty upset, emotional about what was going on, beating himself up because found out that he wanted to be a cop so he thought that his life was over and that he had ruined every chance that he could get with becoming an officer.”

Bosacker said he felt suicidal at that moment.

“[Jones] comforted me and he said that my life isn’t over, and that there might be some work that needs to be done, but the journey can start tonight,” Bosacker said. “I don’t remember specific words that he told me, but I just remember how he made me feel.”

Instead of shaming Bosacker, Jones inspired him.

“A lot of us have made mistakes, we’re not perfect,” Jones said. “The biggest thing is if you make a mistake, try to do better, not be that same person that you were at that time of that mistake.”

And now Bosacker isn’t that person, because of that pivotal moment and poignant speech. He’s now a college graduate, sober and married.

Bosacker and his wife, Natalie, live in Fort Worth, Texas.

“I am so proud of him,” Natalie said.

Bosacker was able to call Trooper Jones via Zoom and offer his gratitude.

“Thank you for saving my life that night, and possibly somebody else’s,” Bosacker said.

He is still dreaming of becoming an officer.

“I feel like if it’s still in God’s plan for that to happen, I think he’ll make it happen, and we’ll just see where the road takes us,” Bosacker said.

And thanks to a trooper on a mission, that road is taking him in the right direction.

“That’s what I’m in this job to do is help be the best person I can be while making somebody else better,” Jones said.

Trooper Jones said he learned from Bosacker, too. He has a goal of becoming a pilot, and he says Bosacker inspired him to keep trying harder at life.

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Heroic Florida Trooper Honored by Florida Cabinet and AAST

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Heroic Florida Trooper Honored by Florida Cabinet and AAST

On Tuesday, March 29th, Trooper, Toni Schuck was honored with a resolution by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Attorney General Ashley Moody and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. She was recognized for her brave actions on March 6th, 2022.  Trooper Schuck intervened by using her patrol SUV head-on as the last line of defense to stop a speeding drunk driver. The speeding driver had run numerous checkpoints and was traveling towards more than 7000 runners who were participating in the Armed Forces Skyway 10K on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. (www.skyway10k.com)

AAST also recognized Trooper Schuck with the “Spirit of the Trooper Award”. This award is presented to individuals that go above and beyond in their communities and represents to the fullest, AAST’s mission for the wellbeing of Troopers across the Country.

Trooper Schuck was recognized for her selfless and courageous intervention, that undoubtedly saved many lives and prevented numerous injuries. Trooper Schuck’s brave actions which exemplify the core mission of State Troopers everywhere.  Her conduct brought great credit to herself, The Florida Highway Patrol, State of Florida, and the law enforcement profession.

Picture 1 L-R, AG Moody, Gov DeSantis, Tpr. Schuck, Ag Com. Fried and CFO Patronis

Picture 3 L-R, PAO Sgt. Steve Gaskins, AAST Executive Director John Bagnardi, FLHSMV Executive Director Terry Rhodes, Tpr. Schuck, FHP Director Colonel Gene Spaulding, Lt. Colonel Troy Thompson and Chief Jeffrey Dixon

AAST is proud to say that all the sworn members pictured are AAST members!

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NCDOT dedicates bridge to fallen highway patrol trooper

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North Carolina Transportation officials will dedicate the O’Berry Road bridge over U.S. 117 in honor of Trooper Nolan J. Sanders. Officials say Sanders died while on patrol when he was involved in a single-vehicle crash on March 27, 2020, on Interstate 795 outside Goldsboro. He was 28 and had been with the State Highway Patrol for five years. Sanders was a member of the Indian Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Mount Olive First Pentecostal Holiness Church where the ceremony will be held. Remarks will be made by members of the N.C. Highway Patrol, state Transportation Board member Melvin Mitchell and Wayne County Sheriff Larry Pierce. His family says they created the Trooper Nolan Sanders Foundation, which assists families of the State Highway Patrol who lose a loved one in the line of duty.

“When you see Trooper Sanders’ face, you can just see the kindness there, the heart of who he is just by looking at him,” Sgt. Chris Knox with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said when he spoke with CBS 17 after Sanders’ death. “This is a trooper you’d want in your community.”Line

Rhode Island State Police Welcome New Comfort Dog

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PROVIDENCE, RI — The Rhode Island State Police introduced the newest, smallest member of the force to the public Friday. K9 Gus is a nine-week-old goldendoodle puppy, who will serve as the department's new comfort dog.

Gus will be partnered with Sergeant Heather Palumbo, who is part of the department's new Special Victims Unit.

"The criminal justice process is a difficult one for victims of trauma and we are hoping to make it a little bit easier," Palumbo said. "The soft interview room is a place where victims and witnesses should feel comfortable to share their story so that investigators can most effectively get information about the case."

Gus was introduced at the department's open house for the new "soft" interview room, a space created as part of the Special Victims Unit, which was launched in March 2021. The unit deals with sensitive crimes including sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, child molestation, labor and sex trafficking.

Once fully trained, Gus will help reduce stress and anxiety for victims, witnesses and the investigator during the interview process. Over the next year, he will undergo basic obedience training and will be part of the department's community outreach.

"Sometimes the hardest thing to do in an investigation is to build a rapport with victims so that they trust you with disclosing their abuse," Palumbo continued. "We hope that using the soft room and K-9 Gus, we will be able to gain a victim’s trust more quickly and empower them to be helpful in their own case."Line

 

142 cadets graduate from the California Highway Patrol academy

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) 142 newest officers graduated from the CHP Academy last week, according to a CHP press release. Following the swearing-in ceremony, the officers received their badges after 27 weeks of training.

With family and friends looking on, each cadet was promoted to the rank of officer and took their first steps as California’s newest defenders of the law.

“I have pride knowing that these women and men will be deploying throughout our great state to serve the people of California,” CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said. “These new officers answered the call and are embarking on a time-honored tradition of service.”

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Massachusetts State Police 15th annual memorial hockey tournament to fund scholarships

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Massachusetts State Police 15th annual memorial hockey tournament to fund scholarships

“On Friday, March 25, the 15th annual Massachusetts State Police Memorial Hockey Tournament will be held at Foxboro Sports Center.

Proceeds from the tournament — a competitive event that includes active and retired MSP Troopers, including some who played at high levels in their careers — fund academic scholarships in the names of MSP Troopers killed in the line of duty and donations to local charities.

The MSP Memorial Fund, a non-profit association, is seeking sponsors for the event. Three levels of sponsorship are available: Platinum, $1,000; Gold, $500; and Silver, $250; sponsors at those levels will receive an MSP-hockey themed gift.

Businesses that wish to become sponsors should send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..” -Massachusetts State Police.

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Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers hit and killed on I-95 in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA —

Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers and a third person were hit and killed on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia early Monday morning.

The troopers who were killed have been identified as Martin Mack III, 33, and Branden Sisca, 29.

Police have not released the name of the third person. They are still trying to contact his family.

At a Monday morning news conference, police talked about what led up to the crash. They said troopers were called to the scene shortly after midnight because a man was walking in the southbound lanes of I-95 near the stadium complex.

As they were attempting to put him into custody and walk him back to the vehicle, a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the left lane, in between the jersey barrier and the left lane, itself, traveled at a high rate of speed and struck all three individuals," Pennsylvania State Police Captain James Kemm said. "The impact was so great that it threw the troopers over into the northbound lanes of Interstate 95."

When backup troopers arrived, they found several witnesses attempting to perform CPR on the troopers who had been hit. The troopers were pronounced dead at the scene.

"Right now, we are conducting an active investigation that's DUI-related," Kemm said.

Police have not released the name of the driver but said she remained at the scene.

"Our department is heartbroken with the tragedy that occurred early this morning in Philadelphia," Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Col. Robert Evanchick said. "We ask our fellow Pennsylvanians to keep the families of our troopers and the pedestrian in their thoughts. This is an extremely difficult time."

I-95 was shut down for about eight hours as police investigated. It has since reopened.

Mack enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in November 2014 and graduated as a member of the 141st cadet class. Sisca enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in February 2021 and graduated as a member of the 161st cadet class.

Both troopers spent their entire careers assigned to the Patrol Section of Troop K, Philadelphia.

Sisca was also a fire chief with a volunteer fire company.

He had been with Trappe Fire Company No. 1 in Montgomery County for more than a decade, starting in 2009 as a junior firefighter and rising through the ranks.

During a news conference, Sisca was described as a tireless leader.

"He has provided leadership and camaraderie and brotherhood to our fire department and to our community and has served tirelessly with our organization for many years," Deputy Chief John Bolger said.

Sisca leaves behind a wife, an unborn child and his parents.

Police procession

Hours after the crash, a somber procession led by a formation of police motorcycles carried the bodies of the troopers from the scene to the medical examiner's office in Center City.

Flags lowered to half-staff

Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the Pennsylvania flag to be lowered to half-staff at all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds to honor troopers Mack and Sisca.

As per Wolf's order, Pennsylvania flags should remain lowered until sunset on March 25. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate.

"This is a very sad day for Pennsylvania. There are three families mourning the loss of loved ones," Wolf said. "It's a reminder for the state troopers of what a heroic thing they do for us each and every day. They lay their lives on the line for all of us every day. For all three, it's a reminder of how precious and fragile life really is."

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Michigan State Police welcomes 50 new troopers at graduation ceremony Thursday

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The Michigan State Police hosted the 140th Trooper Recruit School graduation on Thursday with a keynote address by the governor.

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave the keynote address at the graduation ceremony for the Michigan State Police’s 140th Trooper Recruit School on Thursday.

The graduating class consisted of 50 new Michigan State Troopers who will begin their assignments at Michigan State Police (MSP) posts across the state next week.

“I’m so proud of the 50 graduates who join the ranks of the Michigan State Police today,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Public service is a noble calling that comes with great responsibility. Every family in every community wants peace of mind that they can go to work, drop their kids off at school and run errands safely. As a former prosecutor, public safety is a core issue for me, and I will keep working with the MSP to reduce crime and keep families safe.” 

The 140th Trooper Recruit School began on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021 at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing.

Recruits received training in patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, cultural diversity and implicit bias, decision making, leadership, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing, firearms, water safety, defensive tactics and precision driving. 

“Today is an exciting day for the Michigan State Police and our 50 new troopers,” said Colonel Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police. “We are looking to them to continue our tradition of delivering the best in public safety and community services. Some days will be difficult, but the work you will do will be fulfilling and rewarding.” 

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