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Massachusetts State Police and Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers injured while pulled over on the side of the highway

MSP - Massachusetts State Trooper was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after being
massachusetts stuck from behind by a tractor-trailer. He was released the next morning,  but requires follow-up care. The trooper was working a detail protecting a  road crew with his emergency lights activated.

 The Ford Expedition cruiser was severely damaged, the rear end crushed  by the force of impact, from the tractor-trailer. When hit the SUV was pushed from the right lane across three lanes striking guardrail. The tractor-trailer was also suffered severe damage and both vehicles were towed from the site.

The offending driver is facing charges of failing to move over for an emergency vehicle and road crew.

 

 

THP – Tennessee Highway Patrol was on the scene with Knox County Sheriff’s Office investigating and unrelated crash when a drunken driver, operating a Chevy Impala, hit one of the  KCSO vehicles. The KCSO TNvehicle spun into the THP  cruiser. The  cruiser then struck two deputies standing by a guard rail. The Impala,  before coming to a stop facing the wrong direction, struck a third deputy.  Trooper Michael Harrell was inside his cruiser when hit. Thankfully,  there were no serious injuries. The driver is charged with DUI and multiple  other charges.

 

State Trooper feeds homeless man, kindness captured

1393488 516865401740429 2106639069 nOklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Lance Schroyer was giving a woman at ride whom he found walking barefoot along the interstate when he came upon a vehicle that was severely damaged after crashing into the median.

The crash scene was hard to see and there were no lights available to warn of the impending danger for oncoming vehicles. Thankfully, drivers were able to swerve and not cause additional accidents.

The car’s front end, back end and both sides were crushed. The trooper blocked off traffic with his vehicle and told the woman in his vehicle to stay there as he went over to assess the situation. He thought the car may have been a case of a drunken driver who may have left the scene. However, as he approached the accident site, Schroyer heard a woman begging for help.

 

 “I just happened upon this,” Schroyer recalled later.

 

The woman was face down with her head pinned between the end of the dashboard and the passenger door. Her body spread across the inside of the vehicle. It appeared, she hadn’t been wearing a seat belt. Schroyer tried to talk to the woman, who sounded like she was choking. There was blood everywhere.

 

After calling for firefighters and paramedics, Schroyer got into the back seat of the car to try to keep her calm. With broken glass and wreckage strewn about and the woman pinned, Schroyer made a decision to move the woman for fear of the woman not living through the accident. He then moved the two-front seats backward and was able to get close enough to move her. “You never really want to move somebody in that situation, but at the same time, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to save lives,” he said.

 

It looked like her head had hit the passenger’s side with so much force that the door had dislodged slightly. Lt. Schroyer was able to maneuver the door open and held her head trying to move her as little as possible to allow for better breathing. At one point, the woman was not responsive, and he feared the worst.

 

Another trooper arrived, and both were able to get her into an upright position. The troopers stayed with her and did as much as possible to keep the woman calm until paramedics arrived on the scene. She was taken to the hospital.

After returning to the office, Schroyer was called out to another traffic accident where two vehicles had crashed into one another. All four people involved were taken to the hospital, one in critical condition. He then went to the hospital to further his investigation into the accident. While there he checked on the woman whom he had helped earlier that evening. Lt. Schroyer was told that if not for him, she most likely would have succumbed to her injuries.

The woman’s husband was with her, and he was told she would be OK and that her vehicle accident was most likely caused by a medical condition.

 

“It was just kind of fate that I was there,” he said.

Oklahoma trooper happens upon accident and saves woman's life

1393488 516865401740429 2106639069 nOklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Lance Schroyer was giving a woman at ride whom he found walking barefoot along the interstate when he came upon a vehicle that was severely damaged after crashing into the median.

The crash scene was hard to see and there were no lights available to warn of the impending danger for oncoming vehicles. Thankfully, drivers were able to swerve and not cause additional accidents.

The car’s front end, back end and both sides were crushed. The trooper blocked off traffic with his vehicle and told the woman in his vehicle to stay there as he went over to assess the situation. He thought the car may have been a case of a drunken driver who may have left the scene. However, as he approached the accident site, Schroyer heard a woman begging for help.

 

 “I just happened upon this,” Schroyer recalled later.

 

The woman was face down with her head pinned between the end of the dashboard and the passenger door. Her body spread across the inside of the vehicle. It appeared, she hadn’t been wearing a seat belt. Schroyer tried to talk to the woman, who sounded like she was choking. There was blood everywhere.

 

After calling for firefighters and paramedics, Schroyer got into the back seat of the car to try to keep her calm. With broken glass and wreckage strewn about and the woman pinned, Schroyer made a decision to move the woman for fear of the woman not living through the accident. He then moved the two-front seats backward and was able to get close enough to move her. “You never really want to move somebody in that situation, but at the same time, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to save lives,” he said.

 

It looked like her head had hit the passenger’s side with so much force that the door had dislodged slightly. Lt. Schroyer was able to maneuver the door open and held her head trying to move her as little as possible to allow for better breathing. At one point, the woman was not responsive, and he feared the worst.

 

Another trooper arrived, and both were able to get her into an upright position. The troopers stayed with her and did as much as possible to keep the woman calm until paramedics arrived on the scene. She was taken to the hospital.

After returning to the office, Schroyer was called out to another traffic accident where two vehicles had crashed into one another. All four people involved were taken to the hospital, one in critical condition. He then went to the hospital to further his investigation into the accident. While there he checked on the woman whom he had helped earlier that evening. Lt. Schroyer was told that if not for him, she most likely would have succumbed to her injuries.

The woman’s husband was with her, and he was told she would be OK and that her vehicle accident was most likely caused by a medical condition.

 

“It was just kind of fate that I was there,” he said.

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MA State Trooper receives Hanna Award for Valor in Brockton Shooting Incident

A Massachusetts State Trooper was recognized Tuesday at the Statehouse for his actions during a dangerous daytime shooting incidentMedal of valor on Brockton in March 2014.

Trooper Shaun P. Bellao was among 12 police officers from six departments honored by Gov. Charlie Baker. The dozen officers received Hanna Awards for exemplary acts of bravery while carrying out their duties in the last years. “The officers we honor today responded at a moment’s notice and put everything on the line in order to keep the public safe from danger,” said Gov. Baker, who presented the awards in the Massachusetts House Chamber.

“They are a testament to the level of excellence we expect from law enforcement and their actions show what all officers stand ready to do if the situation demands it.” The George L. Hanna Awards for Bravery are named in memory of State Trooper George L. Hanna, who was shot and killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop in Auburn February 26, 1983.

The Medal of Valor Trooper Bellao received is the second highest Hanna award and is awarded to officers who demonstrate actions above and beyond the call of duty, disregarding the potential for danger to themselves.

According to a State Police summary of the events, Thursday afternoon, March 20, 2014, Trooper Bellao was participating in a joint operation with members of the Brockton Police and two other State Troopers. The troopers heard two gunshots and observed two males, who were later identified as the shooting victims, running away. The troopers immediately drove toward the origin of the shots fired. As they approached the area, they heard two additional gunshots. Two other males were seen running up the street, one who had a silver handgun in his right hand. The troopers drove toward the two males, who continued to run. When the two suspects, one still clearly displaying the firearm, began to run in the opposite direction, the troopers immediately stopped, exited their vehicle and identified themselves. When the suspects did not stop, the troopers began to chase them.

As the suspects approached a backyard, they split up and one suspect was immediately apprehended while Trooper Bellao continued to chase the second, armed suspect, according to the summary. The suspect climbed over a chain-link fence and, as he landed, he swung the firearm around and pointed the handgun directly at Trooper Bellao who, continued to pursue the suspect. The suspect then ran into a fenced backyard and attempted to climb a fence when Trooper Bellao caught him. After a physical struggle, Trooper Bellao was able to wrestle the handgun from the suspect and place him into custody.

The area was immediately secured as a crime scene and the troopers were able to locate the two victims being shot at by the suspects. The semi-automatic handgun recovered at the scene was cocked with one round in the chamber and three additional rounds in the magazine. Following the shooting, then-Brockton Police Chief Robert Hayden voiced praise for the troopers and officers who responded to the scene. “They run toward trouble, not away from it,” Hayden said. “They did a fantastic job. It was like clockwork.”

 

`Courtesy ofThe Enterprise News,Boston,Massachusetts, Gatehouse Media Inc.

Speeder Takes Selfie With Trooper

Selfie

As he passed the trooper and the ominous flashing lights turned on, Greg Barnes pulled over, "Immediately I knew I was in the wrong.” After being handed a warning from the Indiana trooper, Barnes asked to take a selfie with Tpr. Cosgrove to send a message.

 

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Funeral of KSP Joseph Ponder

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) - It's a picture that has gone viral - a little girl posing with state troopers from Kentucky and Ohio while holding one of their hats in her hands.

The picture was taken by Sarah Yockey of Elizabethtown on Friday evening following the funeral of slain Kentucky State Police trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder.

 

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2015 Trooper of The Year

2015TrooperOfTheYearSr. Trooper Joseph R. Winters, a 10-year veteran of the Indiana State Police, has been recognized nationally for his lifesaving actions.

 

Winters was leaving for work the morning of April 10, 2014, when he noticed his neighbor’s house on fire.  Knowing that the residents were elderly with limited mobility, Winters notified dispatch as he headed to the burning house.

 

Upon entering, Winters found the 11-year-old grandson sleeping on a couch.  Smoke from the fire was building in the house and was just a few feet from the first floor ceiling.  Winters took the boy outside and re-entered the home, going to the second floor, where he awakened the couple, both in their 70s.


Winters guided the couple through the thick smoke and assisted them down the stairs and out of the house before the house was engulfed in flames.  He directed the family to a safe area and then quickly performed a perimeter check for hazardous material.  Winters then had to enter the house for a third time when he discovered the older male had re-entered.  He again helped the man to safety.


Fire departments arrived on scene to battle the blaze.  Winters remained on-scene to assist with scene control and traffic.  He was treated at a local hospital for possible smoke inhalation.

Winters simply told his coworkers that he assisted at the scene of a fire.  They did not learn of his heroic actions until a firefighter notified the ISP Lafayette post of details, stating that if it were not for Winters' actions, multiple deaths would have likely been the result.

Winters risked his safety and his life to save the life of three people.  For this reason, it is an honor for AAST to recognize him as the 2015 Trooper of the Year from a pool of candidates from across the country.

 

Congratulations to Sr. Trooper Winters and the nominees listed below:

 

Officer Clinton Schmidt   Arizona Dept. of Public Safety
Trooper F/C Marc O'Mara   Connecticut State Police
Corporal Mike McCann   Delaware State Police
Trooper Stephen Forsythe   Georgia State Patrol
Trooper Sharleen S. Seas   Illinois State Police
Trooper Shaun P. Bellao   Massachusetts State Police
Corporal Richard L. Ayers   Missouri State Highway Patrol
Trooper Bruce J. Stoffolano   New York State Police
Trooper Michael J. Miles   North Carolina State Highway Patrol
Trooper Stephanie Hanner   Ohio State Highway Patrol
Corporal Antonio M. Brown   South Carolina Highway Patrol
Trooper Jason Sherrod   Tennessee Highway Patrol
Trooper Leopoldo Sanchez   Texas Dept. of Public Safety
Trooper Anna M. Gasser   Washington State Patrol
Corporal William D. Henderson   West Virginia State Police

Kind Words

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Men and women, girls and boys, people of all ages came to the booth to deliver their messages of support.The Patrol acknowledges so many acts of kindness to our personnel over the last few weeks, and we say a humble thank you for your kindness, acknowledgment, and support.The kind words left on the notes were not taken for granted, and left such a positive impact that each and every note was saved.

 

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