Michigan State Police Battling Brain Tumor

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An upcoming fundraiser in Ionia is set to help pay for medical expenses for a Michigan State Police trooper battling a brain tumor.

A yard sale, bake sale and car wash to support MSP Trooper Dane Van Ells is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Ionia Fairgrounds, 317 S. Dexter St., in Ionia.

George’s Concession will provide fair-type food and a raffle is scheduled to take place, said organizer Sarah Shattuck.

Those interested in donating “good used condition” items for the yard sale and returnables can contact Shattuck’s husband — Trooper Scott Shattuck — at 616-914-2028. There are plans to have a pick-up and drop-off location for returnables on Sept. 12.

“Everything that we make from the bake sale, the yard sale and the car wash will go directly to Dane... Hopefully that’s a good turnout for him,” Sarah Shattuck said.

Van Ells, of Pewamo, is a 2016 graduate of Pewamo-Westphalia High School. He graduated from the 135th Trooper Recruit School in 2019 and was assigned to the MSP Lakeview Post.

In November 2019, Van Ells was diagnosed with a brain tumor. A GoFundMe page was launched to support Van Ells and a fundraiser took place in January at P-W High School, with both receiving positive support, Shattuck said.

Since January, Van Ells has been receiving chemotherapy treatment at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.

“There’s been some but very little progress,” Shattuck said.

Van Ells was given one to three years to live by the University of Michigan, Shattuck said.

Van Ells’ family located a doctor in Houston — Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski — who has had success in treating his type of cancer. The treatment, however, is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — meaning Van Ells’ medical insurance won’t cover testing or medications.

“All this money has to come out of pocket,” Shattuck said.

After Van Ells’ family learned his prognosis and spoke with families in and out of state that had someone receive treatment from Burzynski, his medical records were forwarded to Texas, Shattuck said.

“They felt this was the next road they needed to take,” Shattuck said.

Van Ells departed for Texas on Saturday, Aug. 8, after attending the funeral of fellow MSP Trooper Caleb Starr, who died on July 31 after injuries suffered in a July 10 crash.

Van Ells and Starr graduated from the same Trooper Recruit School and were each assigned to the MSP Lakeview Post.

Van Ells and his mother arrived in Texas Sunday, Shattuck said. The medical costs are expected to be roughly $20,000 per month out of pocket, she said.

“We’re doing some additional fundraising to try and bring in whatever we can get to offset those costs,” Shattuck said.

Those wishing to help Van Ells can donate to his GoFundMe page. Those who want to follow Van Ells’ journey can follow the Facebook page: Dane’s Walk By Faith.

Biggby Coffee, 2331 S. State Road, in Ionia is offering vouchers that allow $1 of purchases to go toward Van Ells.

Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-for-trooper-vanells

 

 

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Kentucky State Police Raise Money for Special Olympics

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KSP Raises Over $16K for Special Olympics

The first Kentucky State Police (KSP) “Cover the Cruiser” event is in the books and raised $16,206.16 to support Special Olympics of Kentucky (SOKY).

KSP posts across the state parked their cruises at designated locations and encouraged the public to cover their cruisers with custom SOKY stickers. A minimum donation of $1 was requested to place a sticker on the cruiser, but Kentuckians donated more than the minimum.

The 'Cover the Cruiser’ campaign was developed when the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run was canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Each year, The Torch Run escorts the Special Olympics Flame of hope to kick off the Kentucky State Summer Games in Richmond. State Troopers, in conjunction with national law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S., participate to raise awareness and funding for Special Olympics programs.

KSP Spokesman Sergeant Josh Lawson gave credit to the troopers who hosted the local 'Cover the Cruiser' events. "Even in the midst of a global pandemic our troopers stepped up and took ownership of this new program, adding it to their long list of community outreach activities," said Lawson. "Whether it was during torrential downpours or sweltering heat they did what was needed, as they always do, to demonstrate their service to the citizens of Kentucky."

SOKY President Trish Mazzoni said the new campaign was a tremendous success. “We are deeply grateful to the Kentucky State Police, all of the Troopers who took part, our host locations and to everyone who donated," said Mazzoni. "Thank you to KSP and to all of the law enforcement community that continues to be so deeply committed to the support of Special Olympics Kentucky Athletes.”

The fundraiser developed into a friendly competition among Kentucky State Police posts*. For this inaugural event, the London Post took top honors with a total of $2,577.94 raised. Trooper Scottie Pennington organized the post fundraiser and battled heavy rain on the date of his event. ”To say that I am humbled by the support and generosity of our Laurel County Citizens is an understatement. Special Olympics of Kentucky holds a special place in my heart and it was an honor to assist them in this way."

Special Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The organization has been serving the needs of our athletes and their families since 1970 and welcomes 11,300 athletes in Kentucky.

Photo Description: Trooper Scottie Pennington, KSP London Post accepting a donation from a young girl at the London Walmart.

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Source: KSP Facebook see original post here: https://www.facebook.com/KentuckyStatePolice

8/10/2020

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New York State Trooper Thanked for Life Saving Efforts

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 Sometimes, you just happen to be in the right place at the right time.

Back on June 23, New York State Trooper Joshua Neal was driving along I-88 in Fenton when he noticed a motorcycle next to him. After losing sight of it around a curve, Tpr. Neal saw a cloud of dust, and the bike crashed on the shoulder.

Neal immediately knew something was wrong and pulled his car over. 15-20 yards away he saw Joe Casiuk badly wounded and losing blood fast. By quickly applying a tourniquet and calling for help, but largely because of how close behind he was, Neal is believed to have save Casiuk's life.

"If he wan't there, at the time that he was with how quickly he responded, I would have been dead," Casiuk told 12 News Tuesday.

Trooper Neal said he was simply doing his job, but the experience as reaffirmed his livelong passion to be a police officer. Casiuk said after recovering for four weeks in the hospital, he has a renewed sense of life and an understanding of what's important to him.

Despite losing roughly a third of all of the blood in his body, Casiuk only fractured his clavicle in addition to his leg injury.

8/5/2020

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Kentucky State Trooper Helps Find Missing Dogs

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 A family in Warren County took to Facebook to thank a state trooper who helped search for their missing dogs.

Wednesday morning, the Duncan family let their dogs, Stella and Jack, outside to play, but when it was time to come in, they dogs were nowhere to be found.

The dogs owner, Bri Duncan, hopped in the car and began searching the side of the Interstate-165 for her dogs.

Kentucky State Trooper Mike Hatler spotted Duncan searching and decided to help her search.

Soon after, he showed up in her neighborhood continuing the search.

The sweet furry friends were both found safe and are at home with their family.

Hatler says, he once had a precious pet dalmatian go missing and he knew the fear Duncan was going through.

The Facebook post also thanked all law enforcement officers for their protection and service for even the little things they do in the community.

Watch video at: https://www.wnky.com/family-thankful-to-kentucky-state-trooper-who-helped-search-for-missing-dogs/

7/31/2020

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North Carolina State Trooper Buys Tires for Family

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A North Carolina state trooper is being called an “angel” after rescuing a woman and her family when they were stranded in the middle of a highway after they blew a tire.

Monica Hines, along with her boyfriend and children, were heading to Duke Neurology when the back tire gave out, according to WRAL.com. The woman called AAA but was told she and her family would have to “get out and wait on the side of the road,” she wrote on Facebook.

"There was nothing close to us that we could walk to," she continued.

When North Carolna State Trooper Colby Pridgen saw the family, he wanted to help in more way than one. Pridgen used his own money to purchase four new tires for the vehicle, plus a tank full of gas.

"God sent us an angel," Hines wrote in the Facebook post.

Pridgen, who also paid for lunch at a nearby McDonald’s, said he believes in paying kindness forward: “Someone helped me out earlier that day, and I just felt like it was meant to be when I ran into this family,” he told the outlet. “I couldn't let them ride all the way back to Jacksonville with their kids on tires like that.”

7/29/2020

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