Florida Highway Patrol trooper hit by car in crash involving suspected drunken driver

FHP Trooper Cruz seriously injured

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was seriously injured early Sunday in a crash involving a drunken driver, authorities said.  Trooper Daniel Cruz was working the scene of an earlier crash about 1 a.m. on Okeechobee Road near the Palmetto Expressway when he was hit, FHP Trooper Joe Sanchez said.  According to the arrest report, John Bencosme, 26, of Miami, was driving a blue Hyundai Velastar south on Okeechobee Road when he slammed into one of the cars from the earlier crash.  The impact sent a Hyundai Elantra spinning into Cruz, throwing him several feet into the air, the report said.  After the crash, troopers said they conducted field sobriety tests after smelling alcohol on Bencosme's breath. Troopers said Bencosme's blood alcohol level was .201 -- more than double the legal limit.  Bencosme faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence and causing serious bodily injury.  "It's the greatest fear that we face," Sanchez said.  "Our roads have gotten to the point where troopers are more scared to be hit by a car than to be shot out there while they are performing their duties."   Sanchez said Cruz was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.  Troopers said Cruz seriously injured ligaments in his legs and he broke a small bone in his back.  "He is alert.  He is going to be out for about six months," Sanchez said. "He did sustain some, you know, injuries that are critical. ... But thank God he is alive."   The Palmetto Expressway southbound exit ramp to Okeechobee Road was shut down for several hours as authorities investigated the scene.

12/13/17

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North Carolina Highway Patrol welcome 17 new troopers

NCHP December 8 graduation

The State Highway Patrol proudly welcomed 17 new troopers at a graduation ceremony for the 143rd Basic Highway Patrol School.  The celebration ended 15 weeks of extensive academic and physical training.  The ceremony was held at the Colonial Baptist Church in Cary at 10 a.m.  The oath of office was administered by Justice Robin E. Hudson, Supreme Court of North Carolina.  Colonel G. M. McNeill Jr., the 27th Commander of the State Highway Patrol provided remarks to those in attendance.  "Today you are becoming an ambassador for this great state, not only to North Carolinians but to those who visit from other states and other countries,” said Colonel Glenn M. McNeill Jr.  “As ambassadors, you must serve with loyalty, integrity and professionalism; the patrol’s core values that should be reflected in every action made.”  The cadets will report to their respective duty stations on Wednesday, December 27th to begin a rigorous field training program.

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Idaho State Police welcome 13 new troopers

idaho state police december graduation

13 new state troopers were sworn in at the Idaho State Capitol Friday, December 1.  Troopers had to complete an 18-week training program at Idaho State Police headquarters in Meridian.  They were put through intensive mental and physical training.  Michael Archer, who completed the 18-week course, says those who graduated will make outstanding state troopers.  "We started off with 17.  Four didn't make it for various reasons because it was physically and mentally demanding class throughout the entire 18 weeks.  But I believe all 13 who made it, truly deserved to make it and are going to make outstanding Idaho State Troopers."  The new officers will serve in one of six ISP districts throughout the state.

12/11/17

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North Carolina troopers surprise widow of crash victim

NCHP Widow

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, at approximately 0647 hours, Robert Vermillion was involved in a multi-vehicle fatal when his car went through the guard wires of I-485 near Rocky River Road and entered the opposite direction of interstate traffic.  Robert was killed instantly.  Trp. Kevin Robinson and myself drove to the home of the Vermillion Family.  They live(d) in a two bedroom home with six members of their family.  Jennifer (spouse), a twelve month old son, a 2 ½ year old daughter, Jennifer’s mother and grandmother.  We delivered the terrible news then left.  Later that same evening, I called Trp. Robinson and told him we have to do something for this family.  We both then put together a campaign to raise funds and raised over $5,600 in cash as well as gift cards, clothes, shoes, etc.  We hope that this little bit of help will go a long way in providing for the Vermillion Family through the holiday season.

To view video, go to:  https://youtu.be/tdcCQ_qq08o.

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North Carolina troopers surprise widow of crash victim

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On Thursday, October 26, 2017, at approximately 0647 hours, Robert Vermillion was involved in a multi-vehicle fatal when his car went through the guard wires of I-485 near Rocky River Road and entered the opposite direction of interstate traffic.  Robert was killed instantly.  Trp. Kevin Robinson and myself drove to the home of the Vermillion Family.  They live(d) in a two bedroom home with six members of their family.  Jennifer (spouse), a twelve month old son, a 2 ½ year old daughter, Jennifer’s mother and grandmother.  We delivered the terrible news then left.  Later that same evening, I called Trp. Robinson and told him we have to do something for this family.  We both then put together a campaign to raise funds and raised over $5,600 in cash as well as gift cards, clothes, shoes, etc.  We hope that this little bit of help will go a long way in providing for the Vermillion Family through the holiday season.

To watch video, go to:  https://youtu.be/tdcCQ_qq08o

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