Two Parents made a quick dash to the store for makeup to complete their children’s Halloween costumes, but did not come back home

Two Parents made a quick dash to the store for makeup to complete their children’s Halloween costumes, but did not come back home. Donald and Crystal Howard died in a horrible car crash and left behind their four children. Thankfully, the children had a “Guardian Trooper” for the night.

Crystal Howard According to the GoFundMe Page set up by Trooper Nathan Bradley, here is the  account of what happened:

 This past Halloween (Oct. 31, 2015,), I overheard an operator going over the details of  a wreck with a trooper that was a couple of counties away. "Single vehicle wreck with  possible fatalities" she regrettably informed. After a drive that would feel like an  eternity, I could see a display of blue, red and amber lights in the distance. I exited my  patrol car and felt the stillness in the air - the emergency personnel weren't scurrying  and a crowd of witnesses were covering their mouths off to the side. I approached the  horrific scene to validate what I had already suspected.  They had matching addresses,  which was less than a mile away.
 A county deputy, the deputy coroner and I made our way to the house that was backed into the woods. You could hear dogs barking behind the wooden door as we knocked with desperation. The door hesitantly opened and there behind the locked screen door stood four children in full costume - a 13-year-old Freddy Krueger, 10-year-old daughter of a Dracula, 8-year-old wizard and a 6-year-old that appeared to be a firefighting ninja turtle. We were lost with words. The deputy then asked the eldest boy if anybody was home, hoping for a 'Yes' but the boy would unknowingly disappoint us. "My parents went to the store to get more face paint. They told us not to open the door for anybody, but they should be back soon."
We were able to reach the children’s paternal grandmother. She informed me that she lived in south Florida, but would be on her way. 

I ran over to the children and asked if any of them would like to go eat with me. Again, they mentioned their parents would be arriving soon. It was important to me that I would not lie to them. I acknowledge their statement and threw out that their grandmother would be meeting with us later that evening. They piled into the unit and buckled up. I activated the emergency equipment in a poor attempt to occupy their minds. The eldest son told me that he thought my campaign cover and two trooper ball caps were cool. I thanked him for his compliment and told him he could wear them, if he chooses. When I asked where they liked to eat, I was bombarded with four separate suggestions. 

I was amazed at the maturity level of the "children." I asked how they get to be so smart. They gave credit to their parents, whom homeschooled each of them. The eldest stated his mother was the teacher, but his father was the principal. We both chuckled.

Their Grandmother arrived just before dawn. We discussed the mechanics of the crash, her role as their guardian and options available when it comes to howard familyfuneral arrangements. We both agreed that it would be best for the children to finish sleeping and to be told of their parent's fate the next day. We hoped that they would then relate the tragedy to Nov. 1, rather than Halloween. After the children woke up, we walked them to the truck so that they could head home. The 13-year-old would remind us of the task ahead by saying "Hopefully mom and dad will be home by now." I wanted to remain in these children lives, so I took one of my trooper ball caps and on the bill, I wrote a note telling the eldest to never change. I also wrote down my number so that he could contact me if he needed support.

I was contacted by the 13-year-old this morning; I was glad he felt comfortable reaching out to me. He told me that it is going to cost his grandparents $7,000 to transport his parents to Florida and the remaining funeral costs. This is important to me because I have bonded so closely with this family. We weighed out other options and I strongly disagree with the parents being left in Georgia, while the family remains in Florida. These children must be able to visit their parents' graves during their adolescent years and well into their adult years.

As of now the GoFundMe Page has exceeded it's goal of $7,000 (click here for more).

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One dead and one wounded after a California Highway Patrol officer makes a traffic stop

chpA California Highway Patrol Officer made a traffic stop and had to return fire after one of the vehicle’s occupants began shooting at him.

Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills stated that after the officer made the stop a man got out of the car and began firing a handgun, striking the officer in the leg. The officer returned fire and fatally wounded the suspect.

The CHP officer held the other three passengers of the vehicle at gunpoint until backup officers arrived. He was then taken to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

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West Virginia State Police Receive AAST's 2015 National Best Looking Cruiser Award

American Association of State Trooper’s Virginia State Director Jim Clare, Jr. (retired) and First Vice President Jeff Lane presented West Virginia State Police with the award of National Best Looking Cruiser Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. The ceremony took place at the State Police’s Academy and there to receive the award were Captain Michael Corsaro, Major Bill Scott and Captain Reggie Patterson, all of West Virginia’s State Police. 

AAST WV 2015 Cruiser Award

 The national 2015 Best-Looking Cruiser Contest winners are decided by followers of AAST’s Facebook page. Out of 48 submissions from different state  agencies, West Virginia won this year’s title with Ohio (last year’s winner) not far behind. The top 13 cruisers are featured in a 2016 wall calendar.

 “Looking at the contest daily, seeing some of the ‘likes’ and the comments, I suspect a vast majority of those folks were probably here in West Virginia  supporting their home state and that says a lot about West Virginia,” said Jeff Lane said before the ceremony began.  He went on to explain, “The contest is meant  to support the foundation, which supports troopers in times of need. Scholarships are also available for children of state troopers in the United States.”

(Pictured from L to R: Captain Michael Corsaro, Jim Clare, Jr., Major Bill Scott, Jeff Lane, Captain Reggie Patterson)

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“It really means a lot to us,” said Lt. Michael Baylous. “This is just a simple contest. We have a population of about 1.7 million and although many  states have  larger  populations, the pride in West Virginia shows.” Lt. Baylous stated that it felt good to know that West Virginians supports their troopers.

 Behind that “beautiful blue and gold color scheme," is a Ford Interceptor with a twin turbo charged engine,” Baylous said. Lane statethat while the cruiser is  unique, it also adds to a state trooper’s identity.


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Vermont State Police granted a young boy his wish in a big way. Bennett Stenger’s one wish, when asked by Make-A-Wish Foundation, was to ride along with a Vermont State Police Officer. Bennett has rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a type of cancer that develops in

vermont-boy-2Vermont State Police granted a young boy his wish in a big way. Bennett Stenger’s one wish, when asked by Make-A-Wish Foundation, was to ride along with a Vermont State Police Officer.

Bennett has rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a type of cancer that develops in the body’s soft tissues and can spread affecting other areas of the body.

When VSP commanders learned of the boy’s wish, they did so much more than just a ride along. He and his brother, Chase, were made honorary troopers for an entire day. They received uniforms and rode in a cruiser, but it didn’t end there. The boys also got to see the bomb squad in motion when they blew up pumpkins as a demo and got to control the bomb squad robots. The Tactical Services Unit was a part of the special day as well. They got to see a deployment.

The troopers said they were thrilled to give Bennett, along with his family, a special day away from cancer and hopes he can bust cancer for good.

Vermont K-9 Xander Caught in the Act

Vermont K-9K-9 Xander of the Vermont State Police was busted! But, it was in a good way. He decided to extend his expertise to dispatching. We think Xander would make a great dispatcher if only he could speak as a human, not just as a dog. Sorry Xander! But, you are positively applauded for your efforts.

 

Vermont State Police put his picture on Facebook and asked followers to caption it. Our favorite caption was, by Bonita Compton Harmel, Ohhhh shucks....... What was that code for crazy cat on the loose???

To see more captions, visit Vermont State Police Facebook Page.

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W. Virginia State Troopers Make Special Deliveries

As a state trooper you never know what your day may bring, but Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, a call in to make a special delivery that brought smiles and joy to everyone involved. CQj9F2iWsAAcYdvWest Virginia State  Troopers gave stuffed animal bears to children fighting battles against  cancer at Women and Children’s Hospital. The bears were provided by  Bikers Against Child Abuse.

 "When you get a chance to give back and really be involved and meet  the kids that we get to serve, it's truly an honor," said Evan Osborn,  development director.

 Ellie Washington was one of the children that received a stuffed bear  from the troopers. Less than 2 years old, Ellie was diagnosed with  cancer  in her ear.

"One minute your child is perfectly healthy and then the next minute, your world is all about cancer. I mean, all we do is chemo, and making sure everything's clean and keeping everybody well. I mean, your world completely changes. She's worth every minute of it," says her mother, Jessica. With help from the Ronald McDonald House, she is able to receive treatment in New York.

"You come down here and try to be a blessing and you end up receiving the blessing. So wonderful to see these kids and see a smile on their face because you know they're going through some difficult times," says Lt. Michael Baylous.

The small act of kindness goes along with what the Ronald McDonald House aims to do. Building love, and bridging hearts, as a bright new future for them begins.

The third annual McTrooper 5K is Saturday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m. and begins at the Frontier Communications Building on MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha City. All registration information can be found at Ronald McDonald House Charities.

~Courtesy of WCHS ABC 8 and W. Virginia State Police

 

Maryland State trooper's vehicle was struck while attempting to strop impaired driver

Maryland Cruiser 2 Maryland Trooper Andrew Lee's patrol car was struck while  attempting to stop an impaired  driver Sunday night.

 Dillon C. Haneke, 23, of Edgewater,  is accused of driving his car into the  side of the trooper’s car. Lee was  attempting to stop Haneke on the  suspicion of      impaired driving.

Multiple calls from concerned citizens reported a possible impaired driver, stating the driver was weaving through the lanes and driving very slow. Tpr. Lee spotted the reported vehicle and observed it weaving across lanes and driving about 10 mph. 

The trooper activated his emergency lights and attempted to stop the car, but Haneke refused to acknowledge. Lee then drove to the right side of the  vehicle, lowered his window and verbally ordered Haneke to stop, with his emergency lights still activated on his marked police car.

The trooper drove ahead of the weaving vehicle, at which timeHaneke struck the driver's side of the trooper's car. While still in contact with the trooper's car, Haneke's car struck the jersey wall and turned onto its side before the Bay Bridge. 

The patrol car did not overturn, but Tpr. Lee was trapped inside the car. Unharmed, he was able to make his way out. Thankfully, no other vehicles were involved. Lee was transported to the Anne Arundel Medical Center by another trooper as a precaution and after examination he was released.


Haneke was not injured. He was arrested and charged withdriving under the influence, assault and reckless endangerment after other troopers on the scene observed multiple signs of impairment. A male passenger in Haneke's car, who was also impaired, was taken to the Anne Arundel County Medical Center by ambulance. Haneke was taken to the Anne Arundel County Central Booking Center for his initial appearance before a court commissioner Sunday night.

The New Orleans Saints saw a boy and a family who were dealing with a devastating situation, and they found a way to help

Hats off to the New Orleans Saints! Ethan, the son of slain Louisiana State Police Senior Trooper Vincent, was invited to New Orleans' Sunday Night Football matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. Not only did he get to attend the game, but got the chance to hang out with Sean Payton, Drew Brees, Rob Ryan, Tony Romo and Willie Robertson from Duck DynastyCourtesy of Fox SportsPhotos courtesy of Louisiana State Police.

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Fundraiser Scheduled for Family of Vermont State Trooper Kyle Young

Kyle Young A fundraiser is being held in St. Albans later this month to help the  family of a Vermont trooper who died while trying out for a special  unit.

 Trooper Kyle Young died from exertional heat stroke while trying  out for the Vermont State Police Tactical Services Team in  September, according to authorities. Trooper Young left behind his  family, including two young daughters. Young's children will have  to grow up without him.

 Trooper Mike Mattuchio said he never got the pleasure to work alongside Trooper Young, but nevertheless Vermont State Police lost a brother. "We're a close knit family whether we know each other or not, so it touched home regardless," said Mattuchio.

Vermont State Police and the 14th Star Brewery are hosting a 5k run, and flag football tournament at the Collins Perley Sports Complex on October 24. To sign up for this event or to learn more, Click here.

Proceeds from registrations and beer sales will be given to the Young family. The flag football team that raises the most money will be able to make their own brew. That batch will go to the taproom and sales from it for go to Young's family. Police and the brewery hope to raise $10,000 dollars for the family.

Photos courtesy of Vermont State Police Facebook

Article Content courtesy of myChamplainValley.com

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.