Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper sustains serious injuries after being struck by car while investigating crash

Ohio Trooper struck by car November 2019

A trooper from the Ohio State Highway Patrol was hospitalized early Thursday morning after he was struck by vehicle while investigating a crash on U.S. 42 in Madison County, located outside of Columbus, according to a post from the OSHP.  At approximately around 6:10 a.m., Trooper Jason R. Hofmann was struck while investigating a two-vehicle minor injury crash on U.S. 42 near Interstate 70.  Hofmann was outside his patrol car wearing a reflective vest while taking measurements on the right side of the berm when a tan Chevrolet Astro van traveling south on U.S. 42 drifted off the right side of the road and struck Hofmann.  Hofmann sustained serious injuries and was transported via med flight to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  The driver of the van, identified as a 64-year-old woman from Plain City, was not injured.  The state law requires drivers to move over to an adjacent lane when approaching any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside.  It says drivers should slow down if moving over isn’t possible due to traffic, weather conditions or the lack of a second lane.



Illinois State Police trooper throws woman to safety seconds before sliding truck crashes

Illinois SP Trooper save couple from barreling truck 

An Illinois couple who survived an incredibly close call on an icy interstate last week hopes their story and dramatic dashcam video will cause drivers to be more careful. The video from the Illinois State Police shows a box truck barreling toward the couple as two Illinois State Troopers are assisting them. Peggy and Wilbur “Bud” Vaught live in Fairfield, Illinois. They were on the side of I-64 when they discovered they had a flat tire.  Peggy Vaught was standing next to a trooper who was helping them when the truck started sliding. She said, “It was over with before I knew what was going on.” The video shows a trooper grabbing her and throwing her into a ditch to protect her from the sliding truck.  She estimates the truck was approximately 6 inches above her head as it passed over her.  Her husband was still in their car and managed to walk away from the crash even though it totaled their vehicle.  Peggy has a broken wrist. “I’m still covered with bruises and everything but if I come out of this with only a broken wrist, that’s good,” she said. The driver of the truck was cited for driving too fast for conditions and failure to reduce speed.  The Vaught's hope their story will help other drivers see just how important it is to slow down and move over when possible in situations where first responders or flashing lights are on an interstate shoulder.  The Illinois State Police reminds drivers that is the law Illinois. “Slow down,” said Peggy Vaught.  “No one’s paying attention anymore.”

To watch video, go to: https://whnt.com/2019/11/19/trooper-throws-woman-to-safety-seconds-before-sliding-truck-crashes/ 



Maryland State Police trooper pulls man from burning car

MDSP trooper saves man frm burning car

A Maryland State Trooper rescued a passenger from a burning vehicle after it was involved in a collision early Sunday morning, state police said. Troopers from the Frederick Barrack were called to the area of eastbound Interstate 70 at Braddock Mountain for a report of a single-vehicle collision. When they arrived, they saw the vehicle had overturned and was on fire. Corporal Wagoner of the MSP also saw a man in the passenger side of the vehicle later identified as Jessie McMullen, 21, of Myersville. McMullen was also on fire, state police said. Cpl. Wagoner used his fire extinguisher and extinguished the flames on McMullen, then removed him from the vehicle. McMullen suffered third-degree burns and was taken by helicopter to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, where he is listed in stable condition. The trooper was not injured.



Off-Duty Indiana State Police trooper helps save boy after he falls through ice on pond

ISP trooper helps rescue boy fallen in retention pond

An off-duty Indiana State Police trooper helped save a boy Friday evening after he fell through the ice on a retention pond near Winona Lake.  Around 6 p.m., Trooper Jacob Bill saw a Winona Lake Police Department officer responding to an incident with his lights and sirens on, so Bill decided to follow and see if he could help, according to a press release from ISP.  When they arrived near County Road 325 East and Wooster Road, bystanders were yelling and pointing to an 11-year-old boy in the water.  Bill ran into the water and swam out to the boy, grabbed him by the collar, and tried to get him back to shore, according to the release.  WLPD Officer Dave Swain entered the water to help them when they got caught up in the broken ice.  WLPD Sgt. Joe Bumbaugh arrived and helped all three people get out of the water, according to the release.  The boy was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released, according to the release.  “I was just glad that I was in the right place at the right time," Bill said.




Daniel Solow named as Colonel of the Nevada Highway Patrol

Nevada HP new Colonel November 2019

Nevada Department of Public Safety Director George Togliatti announced the appointment of Daniel Solow as Colonel of the Nevada Highway Patrol effective Monday, Nov. 8, 2019.  Colonel Solow was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in December 2017 and has been with the Department since 1995, beginning his career with the Nevada DPS as a Trooper serving the Laughlin/Searchlight district.  The previous NHP Colonel, John O'Rourke, retired in August 2019.  Solow has promoted through the Nevada DPS ranks during his career and has held various assignments in both rural and urban Traffic Operations, Administrative Support Services, and Commercial Enforcement.  “Colonel Solow brings great experience and knowledge to the position with his years of service in multiple locations and capacities with the Department,” said Nevada DPS Director George Togliatti. Solow, a Veteran of the US Coast Guard, is a graduate of UNLV, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science.  He is also a graduate of the Northwestern College for Police Staff and Command and Rapport Leadership Breakthrough and has been awarded Nevada POST's (Peace Officer Standards and Training) certificates through Executive.  Colonel Solow is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs Association, and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.  “It is an honor and humbling to serve as Colonel of the Nevada Highway Patrol,” said Colonel Daniel Solow.  “I look forward to continuing the drive towards zero crashes on Nevada highways, making them the safest in the country, working together with the dedicated Troopers of the Patrol.”



Christopher Mason named the new superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police

MSP New Superintendent November 2019

Gov. Charlie Baker tapped Lt. Col. Christopher Mason November 13 to replace retiring Col. Kerry Gilpin as the next superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police. “At a pivotal time for Massachusetts State Police, Chris Mason has the experience and vision to lead the Department forward with reforms and innovation that will shape its future,” Baker said. “Our administration is grateful for the changes put in motion under Colonel Kerry Gilpin, and supports Colonel Mason as he completes critical reforms to finish Troop E internal affairs investigations and fully implement AVL technology and the body camera procurement. Drawing on his years of experience, we are confident Colonel Mason will lay out a vision for the Department’s future that will bring meaningful reform and restored public trust to the Commonwealth,” Baker added. Mason, who will take the reins on Friday, Nov. 15, indicated a commitment to restoring public faith in the department during a press conference at the State House Wednesday. He laid out a plan to improve accountability and conduct through ethics training, which will focus on the overtime abuse scandal within the now disbanded Troop E, and increasing diversity within the agency. “I am grateful for the remarkable trust that Governor Baker and his Administration have placed in me,” Mason said. “I promise to earn that trust every day with the men and women of the Massachusetts State Police who reflect our values of honesty, integrity, and service.  These values are foremost in my mind as we move the Department and our public safety mission forward.”



Michigan State Police host their annual "Stuff The Turkey"

Mich SP Stuff the Turkey

Michigan State Troopers collected food on Saturday, to put together Thanksgiving meals for those in need.  Troopers were at Wal-Mart in Plainwell and Hastings, Mich. collecting non-perishable food items for those who may not be able to afford a meal this holiday season.  According to Feed America, around 10,000 people in Allegan County and over 30,000 in Kalamazoo County don't have consistent access to food.  Local food banks said the need becomes even greater around the holidays and they will see four to five more families a day needing food assistance this time of the year. "November happens to be one of our busier months of the year," said Kim Shafer with Christian Neighbors Food Pantry.  "Since November first we've already served over 100 families, so the need is obviously greater during the holiday season which means our shelves need more attention than ever”.  Michigan State Trooper Steve Wood said MSP has been hosting a food drive for years and it's there way to help out the community. "Especially around the holidays when it's supposed to be the best time of the year and when you don't have food on your table, you don't have those basic needs, it's really hard to find joy in this time," Wood said.  Shafer said they need donations for almost everything this time of the year, especially things like peanut butter and jelly, boxed pasta and personal hygiene items.




Brendan Kelly confirmed as Illinois State Police head

ISP Brendan Kelly

The newly confirmed director of the Illinois State Police said he needs more troopers.  The Illinois Senate voted two weeks ago to confirm Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s nomination for director of the Illinois State Police.  Brendan Kelly has served as acting director of the agency since January.  The Senate unanimously approved Kelly’s nomination.  In Kelly’s tenure as acting director, he has overseen the agency during one of the most difficult years in the almost 100-year history of the agency.  The state police have had a record number of officer deaths this year, plus a record number of troopers involved in traffic crashes that have resulted in injuries.  Kelly said he will serve as the chairman of the “Move Over Task Force,” which he said will be important to implement technology and recommendations to the General Assembly to improve the protection of first responders on state roadways. Looking forward, Kelly said he’s placing an emphasis on growing the ranks of the Illinois State Police.  The police agency employs around 1,700 sworn personnel.  “I’d like to see us get to over 2,000 sworn personnel, pretty soon,” Kelly said.  That's a top priority for Kelly.  "In order to meet the many missions that the public expects us to accomplish, we need the manpower to be able to do it," he said.  "We need people.  It’s not enough to have good ideas and good policies, you have to have the people to do the work."  Kelly recently spoke at the Illinois State Police cadet graduation, which added 57 new Illinois State Police troopers.  Kelly said having regular cadet classes is important.  “We would like to get on the steady stream of two cadet classes a year, and I think we may actually be able to get ahead of that,” he said.  The vision for the new director’s growth won’t just be on the roadways.  Kelly said he wants more people for the state police’s crime lab and other parts of the agency that provide services to local and county agencies across the state.  “I’m very glad to be able to get the governor to sign an executive order recreating the division of criminal investigations, so we can focus on violent crime, drugs and public integrity,” he said.  Kelly said the backlog of DNA testing must be a top priority.  “We have to get at the backlogs that have been epidemic across this country, not just in the state of Illinois,” he said.  He said the backlog in DNA testing for sexual assaults has come down about 10 percent since January.  The DNA backlogs are not the only testing delays Kelly has been focused on.  "But also the drug chemistry backlog," he said.  "Anytime there is a flood of one particular controlled substance like meth, or heroin or fentanyl into a community, there are more cases, there are more substances that we have to test, that can create a bubble."  Most recently, Kelly had served as the St. Clair County State’s Attorney.  He is the eighth director of the Illinois State Police, and he isn’t the first not have prior experience as a sworn officer.  When the director’s position was created in 1987, the first director of the Illinois State Police was Jeremy Margolis, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney.



Vermont State Police take to the skies with drone capability

  VSP Drones


Vermont State Police recently launched a new squadron of 11 drones that they plan to use to assist them all over the state.  But what exactly are they using them for?  With a whine in the air, state police on Wednesday launched a new era of policing from the sky.  After just a few minutes in the air, troopers have a bird's-eye view of a mock crash scene.  "It's giving us a perspective we have never had before," said VSP Trooper Tom Howard. Officials say that over $100,000 in grants paid for the 11 drones and training for the 13 troopers to be certified as drone pilots by the Federal Aviation Administration.  "We are more learning to utilize the drones for accident and crash reconstruction and search and rescue missions," Lt. Cory Lozier said. This could mean less time for the crash reconstruction team with troopers safe and away from the scene, a technique already put to use at an accident last week in Rutland.  "This tool can map that same area that once would take three hours in seven minutes," Tpr. Tom Howard said.  And with tools like thermal imaging cameras, they say the drone could help save lives on rescue missions.  "We now have the ability that we have never had before to locate people once it goes dark," Lt. Lozier said.  VSP officials say the drones could also aid in criminal investigations. But with that view from above, could they invade the privacy of Vermont citizens?  Reporter Ike Bendavid: Will this be used for surveillance?  Lt. Cory Lozier. No, these drones will not be used for any warrantless searches, unless we apply for a warrant.  The American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont agrees that drones can help protect police as long as they are following the law.  "What's important is any use of drones comply with Vermont law.  That does place significant restrictions on when law enforcement can use drones," said the group's Lia Earnst.  She says those restrictions include the use of facial recognition or surveillance of public protests.  VSP officials say they know the law and will follow it.  "We know what we can and cannot do with them -- we will abide by that," Lt. Lozier said.  Making the work of law enforcement quicker and safer -- from the sky.

To watch video, go to:  https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Vermont-State-Police-take-to-the-skies-with-drone-capability-564121241.html?jwsource=cl




Massachusetts State Police trooper pinned with late mother's badge

MSP Trooper gets mothers badge

A new State Trooper received a special surprise on Monday when she was pinned with her official Massachusetts State Trooper badge — but it wasn't an ordinary badge, not to her.  Trooper Stephanie Devlin was pinned with her late mother's badge, number 776.  The badge was passed down as a tribute to Delvin's mother and to Delvin's future as a trooper.  Delvin graduated on Jan. 24, 2018 from the 83rd Recruit Training Troop, following in the footsteps of her mother and father.  Delvin's father, James Devlin, is Lieutenant of the MSP's Division of Homeland Security and her late mother worked in Crime Scene Services — Delvin is quite literally following her mothers path, working in the same division and now wearing her badge.  Donna Devlin passed away in 1991 when Stephanie was 16 months old.  The State Police published photos and a post about the tribute, saying "A touching tribute, and a legacy that Stephanie will be able to carry on in memory of her mother."



Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper injured when patrol car struck by commercial vehicle

WHP vehicle struck by commercial truck

Thursday afternoon at 1:08 p.m., a Wyoming Highway Patrol vehicle was involved in a motor vehicle collision around milepost 66 on Interstate 25 south of Wheatland, Wyoming.  The WHP Trooper was stopped on the shoulder, assisting a stranded motorist when her patrol vehicle was struck by a passing commercial truck.  The trooper was inside her patrol vehicle with her seatbelt fastened at the time of the collision.  The crash caused the northbound lanes of Interstate 25 to be closed.   The trooper was transported to the Platte County Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the commercial vehicle did not sustain any apparent injuries and was not transported.  The WHP would like to remind motorists to slow down and move over when approaching an emergency vehicle.



Bridge dedicated in honor of fallen Virginia State Police trooper Lucas B. Dowell

VSP Bridge names in honor of Trooper Dowell

It’s been nearly nine months now since a Virginia State Police Trooper paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Lucas Dowel was honored on Friday with a second bridge dedicated in his honor in his hometown.  Family, friends and the community packed the Chilhowie Christian Church, the very same place where Dowell was laid to rest in February.  Dowell was shot and killed while serving a warrant during a narcotics arrest operation in Cumberland County.  “Lucas was one of the best, and will forever be in the hearts and minds of those who grew up with him in Smyth County,” said Col. Gary Settle, the Virginia State Police Superintendent.  “This is a great day because we get another opportunity, another chance to recognize this gentleman for a bridge dedication.”  “He was there to protect people from evil and he was willingly and willfully laid down his life and he made an influence on more people than you and I, this whole crowd could ever make,” said Senator Charles Carrico.  This is now the second bridge in Dowell’s memory.  The first was dedicated in Amherst County in August.  “This is a monument to Lucas,” Carrico said.  “This is something that everyone’s going to see and they’re going to remember the name and they’re going to remember the sacrifice that was made.” Carrico said during the ceremony that this would be his last bridge dedication as a senator.  He said it was an honor to be back home for his final one, especially because he knew Dowell’s parents.  “We were blessed and I am honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of your family and to help through the grieving process,” Carrico said during the ceremony.  Dowell’s mother took time to speak at the podium.  “Lucas knew the risk, every first responder knows the risk yet they still choose to do this work every single day,” Becky Dowell said. “Without men and women willing to put their lives on the line every day as police officers, where would we be?  And what kind of world would we live in?”  She played a recording he had made of the pledge.  The family found it after their son passed.  “There’s no better way to explain how seriously Lucas took his work as a trooper than to hear it directly from him,” Dowell said.  “This is just a small recognition that we can pass along and back to the family, but it also resonates through the entire agency that we’re committed to making sure we do all the right things at our level to make sure their jobs are as safe as they can be,” Settle said.  At the ceremony, Dowell’s family and brothers that served with him were all given their own bridge signs and were presented with a memorial resolution.  The bridge in his honor is now located on I-81 over Whitetop Rd.




Street renamed in honor of fallen Texas State Trooper Moises Sanchez

Texas Highway Patrol trooper dies August 2019

The memory of Texas State Trooper Moises Sanchez lives on as the community has come together to honor the fallen hero Wednesday morning. Six months ago, the intersection of 107 and 10th Street in Edinburg was a crime scene. Today, it was a tribute to the fallen hero. "His memory doesn't come to an end, every single time we put on our uniform, it isn't about us, it's about him and his family," said Sgt. Maria Montalvo with Texas Department of Public Safety. The city of Edinburg approved to rename the portion where Trooper Sanchez was shot in his honor. "As you can see our hearts are still very heavy," said Yvonne Sanchez, Trooper Sanchez's wife. His family isn't the only one still healing. "I remember getting the initial call and as I was making my way over there, dispatch aired out there was a trooper in a foot pursuit and I got closer I heard them say that there was an officer down," said the Edinburg Police Officer who was first on scene. In an exclusive interview with CBS 4 News, she spoke to recounting that night. "I ran to him and applied pressure to his wounds and I was shocked to see one of my brothers down." It is those same brothers that have made sure his memory is never lost. "He chose law enforcement as his career, he chose to sacrifice his own safety for the safety of everyone and we are so grateful for his bravery," said Richard Molina, Edinburg Mayor. For now, every time a car passes Trooper Moises Sanchez Boulevard, they will be reminded of a hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice. "I pray that not only do we remember our father, but we remember all of our brothers and sisters in blue every time we see this street, the time we banded together to support one of our fallen," said Zachary Sanchez, Trooper Sanchez's son. Local state and federal police were all in attendance.

To watch video, go to:   https://youtu.be/VQft2HLjOq0



4-year-old dresses as Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper for Halloween

4 year old dresses as Oklahoma HP trooper for Halloween

4-year-old in McCurtain County has unofficially won the Oklahoma Highway Patrol costume contest with his homemade trooper uniform!  We might be a little biased - but isn't this the coolest Halloween costume ever!?  This is 4 year old Camden Stafford from Wright City in McCurtain County.  His dad, Jeffery, is in the process of applying for our next academy so Camden decided he wanted to be a trooper for Halloween!  Melissa Reich, wife of Trooper Jay Reich helped sew the costume.



Wife of Illinois State Police trooper killed in crash helps officials unveil memorial sign

Illinois SP name toll after trooper killed in the line of duty

Truck and car horns sounded around mile marker 17 on Interstate 94 Monday morning near the Bradley Road overpass in Green Oaks, where two ladder trucks held aloft a giant American flag to honor Illinois State Trooper Gerald “Jerry” Ellis.  Ellis died March 30 after his squad car collided with a vehicle being driven in the wrong direction on that section of I-94 near Lambs Farm.  On Monday, two large signs naming a half-mile stretch of tollway in his honor were dedicated, with traffic shut down so his family could visit the site.  Acting State Police Director Brendan Kelly, speaking at a portion of the ceremony held inside a pavilion at Townline Community Park in Lake Forest, joked how Ellis might have played a part in Monday’s windy and rainy weather.  “I think Jerry is having fun with us,” he said as people laughed.