A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper reunites puppy with owners after crash

WSP Trooper rescues puppy

A dog ejected from a vehicle during a crash in central Wisconsin has been reunited with its owners. The Wisconsin State Patrol posted the story and photos on Facebook.  The crash happened Feb. 29 on I-90/94 west near Portage. The State Patrol says a reckless driver hit a pickup truck, lost control and then hit another vehicle. The third vehicle went into a ditch and rolled three times before coming to rest on a tree. Two occupants were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A small puppy was ejected from the vehicle. A Wisconsin State trooper, Columbia County deputies and the Portage Fire Department searched the area and found the puppy. It was not hurt. A trooper reunited the puppy with its owners at the hospital.

3/6/20

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Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper honored for saving a life

Miss HP MSgt receives award

Mississippi Highway Patrol Master Sgt. David Blackwell is known as a hardworking man who doesn't know how to slow down.  "The one thing I can say about him is he works too much," MHP Lt. Steven Crawford said.  Crawford, who is with the highway patrol's special operations group, and Blackwell, who works out of Troop M, headquartered in Brookhaven, have worked together for about 12 years, but have known each other much longer, having grown up in the same area and played ball together, and against each other, in school.  "He's got a good work ethic," Crawford said.  "He's worked his way up through the ranks (at MHP)."  Blackwell also spends time with his son, 6-year-old Kiptyn Blackwell, and 2-year-old daughter, Aubrey Blackwell.  He plans to marry fiancee Victoria Putfark in May.  In addition to working for the highway patrol, Blackwell officiates at various sporting events - a job he's done for 20 years.  It was at one of the football games last year that Blackwell's training came into play, and it helped him save a friend's life.  Blackwell was officiating a West Jones vs. George County game alongside friend and fellow official David Bullock when Bullock collapsed on the field in the fourth quarter.  Blackwell used some of the skills he had that week learned as a trooper during his participation in the National Association of Underwater Instructors' Public Safety Diving course at the University of Southern Mississippi to save his friend's life.   "He was able to jump in and call the shots," said Bill Powe, Aquatics and Outdoor Adventures coordinator at Southern Miss.  Blackwell was able to get Bullock resuscitated and oversaw his care until an ambulance arrived to take over.  Powe, who also oversees the scuba program at Southern Miss, said Blackwell was able to take control of the situation and get someone to bring the automated external defibrillator to where he was providing aid to Bullock, who had suffered a heart attack on the field.  "He learned there is a value behind having an AED there and using it — that’s what saved his friend's life," Powe said.  Powe said Blackwell and other troopers had been participating in a monthlong training program at Southern Miss that helped the MHP certify officers for its special ops dive team.  The class the troopers had just finished was the American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding course, which included CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid.  "He told me he had done CPR several times, but because of the training he went through in the program - that’s what saved friend’s life," Powe said.  Because of his efforts, Blackwell, 38, of the Dexter community, was honored for his efforts with an American Red Cross Certificate of Merit, a National Lifesaving Award

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Virginia State trooper and tow truck driver injured after a car crashed into a working accident

VSP trooper hit

A Virginia State Trooper, a tow truck driver and occupants of the truck were all injured after a car crashed into a working accident in Christiansburg.  According to Virginia State Police, the trooper was working with the tow truck driver on a previous accident.  A car failed to move over and struck both vehicles.  The trooper has since been released from the hospital.  The tow truck driver has non-life threatening injuries but will remain in the hospital.  The driver and three juveniles in the SUV that struck the cars were both transported for injuries.  Virginia State Police want drivers to be aware of the move over law.  The law requires drivers to move over when you see an emergency vehicle of any kind and if you can’t, slow down.

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Montana Highway Patrol welcomes 9 new members

Montana HP graduation February 2020

The Montana Highway Patrol commissioned nine new members on Thursday, from their 67th Advanced Academy.  The patrolmen who graduated will be heading to numerous locations around Montana.  Chief Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion addressed the graduates at the ceremony, which was at the Delta Marriott Hotel in Helena.  Bennion reminded the graduates of how integral good character and commitment are when serving the public.  “The importance of the work that lies ahead of you cannot be overstated.  So, set your direction with a positive attitude and strong spirit.  Remember that each of you is now a person of influence simply by virtue of the badge on your chest and the trust the public will place in you.  Montana’s law enforcement professionals are her true heroes,” Bennion said.

3/2/20

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Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper injured in crash

Wyoming trooper injured in crash

A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper was injured in a crash with a commercial truck on US 212 west of Colony last Monday.  The trooper was stopped on the shoulder of the road, working on a previous crash.  An oncoming truck jackknifed and the trailer slammed into the back of the patrol cruiser.  The trooper, who was in the driver’s seat, was knocked unconscious. A passing motorist stopped and called for assistance using the trooper’s radio.  According to a release from the WHP, the trooper was taken to Monument Health in Spearfish. We do not have details on the trooper’s injuries but the K-9 partner who was also in the cruiser was not injured. The truck driver was not injured.

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Florida Highway Patrol trooper recovering after cruiser struck

FHP Trooper injured when car hit

A local state trooper is recovering from serious injuries after the Florida Highway Patrol said he was hit Sunday night on Interstate 95 north near Golfair Boulevard.  “A. Jordan” was sitting in his patrol car working a construction site when FHP said he was struck by a driver.  Jordan and the other driver, Aaron Klausman, were taken to a hospital with serious injuries.  Jordan has since been released.  In Florida, there are two options when an emergency vehicle is on the side of the road -- either move over or slow to 20 miles under the posted speed limit if moving over isn’t possible.  According to FHP, in 2018 there were 17,319 move-over citations. In 2019, the number went up to 20,201.

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New Jersey State Police Lieutenant awarded 2019 Trooper of the Year

 NJSP 2019 Trooper of the Year

New Jersey's state police colonel and the state attorney general recognized a trooper Friday for his effective work battling the opioid crisis. Lt. Lawrence Williams was awarded the 2019 Trooper of the Year Award at State Police Headquarters in Mercer County.  He created the Opioid Enforcement Task Force.  In a one-year period, the task force successfully conducted 27 criminal investigations, resulting in 53 arrests.  Task force investigations led to the dismantling of six and disruption of four more narcotics-processing mills, and seized nearly $3 million worth of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine, according to authorities.  Lt. Williams has served as a New Jersey state trooper for 24 years.

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Maryland State Police has a new Superintendent

Maryland State Police new Colonel February 2020

Maryland Transportation Authority Chief of Police Woodrow W. “Jerry” Jones III was appointed Tuesday as Gov. Larry Hogan's appointee for superintendent of the Maryland State Police. J ones will succeed Col. William M. Pallozzi, who is retiring after more than 30 years of service with the Maryland State Police.  “With a distinguished career in law enforcement spanning more than three decades, Colonel Jones has both the experience and the character to lead what I believe is truly the best state police organization in the nation,” Hogans said.  “I want to sincerely thank Colonel Jones for taking on this post at such a critical time.  I want to commend Colonel Pallozzi for his steadfast leadership of the Maryland State Police, and for his decades of dedicated service to the State of Maryland.”  “I am incredibly grateful to Gov. Hogan for the opportunity to lead the Maryland State Police," said Jones.  “As someone who has dedicated my entire law enforcement career to serving the people of Maryland, this is the highest honor.  I have great respect and admiration for Colonel Pallozzi, and I will strive to lead the force with the same commitment to integrity and professionalism.”  “The core values of the Maryland State Police are integrity, fairness and service, and I have seen each of these qualities every day in the men and women I have had the privilege to lead,” said Pallozzi.  “I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Governor Hogan, and to be the first to applaud his choice of Colonel Jones to take the helm.”  Jones was appointed Chief of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police in November 2015, the seventh-largest law enforcement agency in the state.  As the MDTA's Chief Law Enforcement Officer, Jones leads more than 600 sworn and civilian police professionals who serve and protect millions of people using Maryland's toll roads, tunnels and bridges, as well as BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port of Baltimore, while securing these critical infrastructure assets.  As part of the MDTA's Executive Team, his expertise is key to the strategic decisions and policies that guide the agency's operations, services and 1,700 employees.  During his tenure as MDTA police chief, Jones has launched an aggressive leadership development program for his officers and for the MDTA as a whole.  Jones began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a Maryland State Police cadet. During his 27-year tenure with the Maryland State Police, he spent equal time in both patrol and investigative roles and served in every command position within the Field Operations Bureau.  He retired as lieutenant colonel/field operations bureau chief, a key member of the command staff responsible for leading a patrol force of nearly 1,000 sworn and civilian personnel assigned to 22 barracks.  Jones holds a bachelors and masters degree in management from Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of its Police Executive Leadership Program. He chairs the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association's Traffic Safety Committee and serves on the Executive Committee for Maryland's Strategic Highway Safety.

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Michigan State Police looking for owner of dog

Michigan SP bulldog

"The troops say he’s 200 pounds of pure love."  Michigan State Police are looking for the owner of a large dog who was taken into custody, and then for a ride, in Royal Oak Township. Police say Metro North troopers were dispatched to the 8000 block of Coverdale on a report of a "vicious pit bull" that had the homeowner trapped in her home.  Troopers were able to locate the dog, and "using their community service skills," police said, "the dog was persuaded to join the MSP."  "He is currently residing in the post commander’s office running the post," MSP joked in a tweet Thursday.

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Indiana State Police trooper's vehicle struck during traffic stop

Indiana SP cruiser hit during traffic stop

On February 15, Batesville-Today, at approximately 10:45 am, an Indiana State Trooper’s vehicle was struck by another vehicle while the trooper was conducting a traffic stop on I-74 near Batesville in Ripley County, Indiana. The initial investigation by Trooper Cameron McCreary indicated that Master Trooper Daniel Elmore was conducting a traffic stop on a 2020 Peterbilt truck pulling a trailer, being driven by Roger Gladden, age 58, Mint Hill, North Carolina near the 152 mile marker on I-74 Eastbound. Trp. Elmore’s 2013 Dodge Charger was parked behind Gladden’s trailer with emergency lights activated.  Trp. Elmore was outside of his vehicle speaking to Gladden when a 2012 Dodge Caravan being driven by Juan Martinez, age 44, Chicago, Illinois left the eastbound lanes of I-74 and struck the rear of Trp. Elmore’s vehicle.  The collision forced Trp. Elmore’s vehicle into the back of Gladden’s trailer.  After the collision, the Dodge Caravan left the south side of the roadway before overturning.  Trp. Elmore, Gladden, and Martinez were not injured in the collision.  Three people in Martinez’ vehicle were transported to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville for treatment of minor injuries. A six year old child in Martinez’ vehicle was transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be factors in the crash although toxicology results are pending.  The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Batesville Police Department, Batesville Fire Department, Batesville EMS, Ripley County EMS, and Sunman Fire Department/EMS.

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New York State Police remind drivers to move over

NY Cruiser hit

New York State Police are reminding the public to move over for emergency vehicles following another State Trooper involved crash.  On the New York State Police Facebook page, they mentioned that on Monday another state trooper from the Liberty barracks had been hit while conducting a traffic law violation on Route 17 in the town of Rockland located in Sullivan County.  The trooper was struck from behind as he was preparing to exit from the incident.  The New York State Police say that fortunately, the trooper sustained non-life threatening injuries.  The move over law requires drivers to switch lanes, or slow down if they are unable to merge, to give clearance to first responders and utility workers.  This follows another trooper involved crash in the town of Salina on January 22.

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Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper shot at during traffic stop

Tennessee trooper shot at while conducting a traffic stop

A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper was shot at in Loudon after conducting a traffic stop on I-75 North at mile marker 75, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.  Officials said a passing vehicle shot "what appears to be two rounds" from the car while the trooper was conducting a traffic stop.  "The trooper nor the occupants in the traffic stop vehicle were injured.  The trooper returned to his patrol vehicle and pursued the vehicle a short distance," said Randall Marting, a THP spokesperson.  Other units were able to assist the trooper in his pursuit. The suspect was pulled over at the 77-mile marker and a felony stop was conducted.  The suspects were taken into custody without incident, one male, one female, and a firearm were recovered from the vehicle, according to officials.

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Certification of Appreciation presented to Wright and Associates

AAST Presentation

Mr. Felton Wright of Wright and Associates receives a certificate of appreciation from AAST President Keith Barbier at its recent Executive Board Meeting.  Mr. Wright has been the Associations financial advisor for several years and has guided the Association directors in making wise fiduciary decisions.  The solvency of the Association has allowed us to offer generous support to our membership.

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New Hampshire State Police Colonel retiring next month

NHSP Colonel retiring

The colonel of the New Hampshire State Police plans to retire early next month to spend more time with his family.  Col. Christopher Wagner has served as colonel of the state police for a little more than three years, with nearly 25 years in law enforcement.  His retirement is effective March 2.  “I have loved every minute being a New Hampshire Trooper and am honored to have had the opportunity to serve,” Wagner wrote in a letter to Gov. Chris Sununu announcing his retirement.  “It is, however, after careful consideration towards committing additional years of service and in consultation with my family we have decided that it is time for me to retire from law enforcement and the tremendous family sacrifice that comes along.”  Wagner went on to say the decision was a difficult one to make.  “Nearly 25 years ago I took an oath to protect and serve the citizens of New Hampshire and in doing so I have conducted myself with the highest moral and ethical standards ensuring my personal and professional integrity,” said Wagner in his letter.  “The decision was difficult, however I am looking forward to spending more quality time with my wife and children and together exploring future opportunities.”  Wagner, a Litchfield resident, was nominated to the position of colonel by former governor and current U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan.  Prior to being sworn in as colonel in October 2016, Wagner served as the Support Services Bureau Commander for the New Hampshire State Police, and was responsible for overseeing and coordinating the support structure and logistical needs of various units across the state.  Prior to that he served as Field Area Commander, as well as the Troop Commander and Assistant Troop Commander for Troop B, and began his career in law enforcement with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport upon graduating from the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council Police Academy in 1995.  Col. Wagner received an undergraduate degree in criminal justice from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.  “We are grateful to Colonel Wagner for his 25 years of service to law enforcement and wish him well in his retirement,” said Gov. Chris Sununu in a statement.  In a statement, the Department of Safety said it appreciated Wagner’s years of service and will begin the process of identifying qualified candidates to serve as the next director and colonel of New Hampshire state police.

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Florida Highway Patrol trooper killed in the line-of-duty

FHP Trooper Joseph Bullock

Trooper Joseph Bullock was shot and killed when he encountered on I-95 just north of the interstate rest area in Martin County.  He stopped to assist what he believed to be a disabled motorist at about 10:15 am.  One of the occupants of the vehicle fatally shot him as he approached.  A Riviera Beach police officer who happened to be driving past the scene shot and killed the subject.  Trooper Bullock was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 19 years.  He is survived by his parents and two sisters.

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