National Police Week: Pennsylvania State Police Remember Fallen Officers

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Members of law enforcement gathered yesterday to remember state police officers that lost their lives in the line of duty.

The annual ceremony took place at the Butler Senior High School and featured a remembrance ceremony of the 10 state police officers from Troop D who died in the line of duty.

“We pay homage and reverence to those who nobly and selflessly gave their lives to the citizen’s of the Commonwealth. It’s indeed fitting and proper that we demonstrate our utmost respect and reverence to those who indeed lived up to our call of honor, which I call our blood oath,” Former Troop D Commanding Officer Major Byron Locke said.

Over the State Police’s 119 years, there have been 104 troopers who have died in the line of duty.

The last active-duty death in Troop D was Trooper Blake Coble in October 2012 who died in a vehicle accident in Beaver County.Line

Connecticut State Trooper’s Son needs heart transplant. Heart Transplant Hope: Support For Lincoln and Family

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On February 13th, Mike and Ashley Stanger rushed their son, Lincoln to the CT Children’s emergency room due to his sudden onset of shortness of breath, lethargy, and rapid heart rate. After a chest x-ray, doctors discovered Lincoln had an extremely enlarged heart and diagnosed him with dilated cardiomyopathy. He spent two days at CT Children’s and was progressively getting worse. The decision was made to transfer Lincoln to Boston Children’s hospital on February 15 by Boston's Critical Care Transport Team. Lincoln spent weeks receiving different IV medications, tests, and procedures. The team felt like he was stable enough to go home on March 9 with weekly follow ups in Boston. Lincoln got to spend 6 weeks at home with his mom, dad, sister, and his dog, going on as many adventures as his condition allowed. However, on April 24 Lincoln was readmitted to Boston Children’s hospital due to his deteriorating heart condition.

Doctors determined that Lincoln’s heart is too sick to recover on its own and he will require a heart transplant. They will potentially have to wait a year for a heart to become available. Lincoln will have to stay at Boston Children’s Hospital during this time. He was scheduled to have a Berlin Heart (ventricular assist device) placed on April 29, which will help keep him stable while he waits for a new heart to become available. Lincoln’s heart continued to get sicker, and he was unexpectedly intubated on April 28, and later that day had to be placed on ECMO (an advanced form of life support). The hope is that this can support him to let his heart and his little body rest so they can move forward with the Berlin Heart surgery. Lincoln is fighting so hard every day to overcome each obstacle that’s being thrown at him. We are all so proud of him.

Lincoln’s mother, Ashley, has had to resign from her position as a nurse at Middlesex Health, where she has worked for the last 9 years, so she can stay with Lincoln in Boston throughout this process. Mike will take time off as needed but will continue to work in CT to maintain health insurance. Lincoln’s sister, Hailey, has been such a light through all of this and continues to brighten each day. Mike and Hailey will spend as much time in Boston as possible so they can all be together as a family. They are currently working to secure long-term housing for the duration of Lincoln’s hospital stay. This unexpected journey has turned their lives upside down, and they appreciate any support for housing, food, gas, and medical bills during this difficult time.

Link to GoFundMe fundraiser below:

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A New Jersey State Trooper tragically dies during a training exercise

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May 6, 2024

Trooper Marcellus E. Bethea of Troop D Moorestown Station served with New Jersey State Police for over eight years and was a member of the 156th State Police Class and was stationed with Troop D in Moorestown.

According to officials, Trooper II Marcellus E. Bethea died on Sunday during a training exercise to join the TEAMS Unit, which is one of the agency's most demanding units.

The TEAMS unit has a rigorous selection process, according to the State Police website. It only has 30 members statewide that respond to special emergencies such as SWAT incidents, rescue operations, counter-terrorism operations, and underwater search and recovery.

Trooper Bethea was described, by Colonel Patrick Callahan, as embodying honor, duty, and fidelity in its highest form though his commitment and passion for serving the citizens of New Jersey.Line

CHP WELCOMES EIGHT NEW CANINE TEAMS

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May 3, 2024

– The California Highway Patrol (CHP) announced the deployment of eight new canine teams during a ceremony today at the Canine Training Facility on the CHP Academy grounds in West Sacramento. Today’s certification ceremony marks the end of months of intense training and the beginning of a valuable public safety partnership for the crime fighting duos.

“These canine teams are essential resources in our public safety mission,” said CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee. “Their incomparable dedication, keen senses, and unwavering loyalty not only enhance our capabilities but also strengthen the bond between law enforcement and the communities we serve throughout California.”

The graduates consist of five Patrol and Narcotics Detection Canine teams, two Patrol and Explosives Detection Canine teams, and one Explosive 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 four German Shepherd Dogs. The CHP now has a total of 49 canine teams deployed throughout the state.

Each canine’s partner, or handler, is an experienced CHP officer with anywhere from three to 20 years of experience. The officers represent the CHP’s geographic regions of Protective Services Division, Northern, Border, Central 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 like what is experienced in the field.

The CHP uses its canines to perform a variety of tasks, including detecting human scent, contraband, and explosives. A canine team can improve the safety and effectiveness of officers while on duty. The CHP canines are also used to assist allied agencies in apprehending criminals, detecting explosives or drugs, and in locating “at-risk” missing persons.

The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.Line

2024 IOMGIA conference

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AAST President Keith Barbier meets with long time AAST member Louis Barbaria at the 2024 IOMGIA conference in Orlando, FloridaLine