New York State Troopers assist childhood friend of Parkland Shooting Victim by purchasing airline ticket to Florida

NYSP Pay for airline ticket

Two New York state troopers are being credited with an immense kindness after they paid for the flight of a young woman to Florida to say goodbye to her friend, one of the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.   Jordana Judson, 23, told NBC News that she was devastated to learn that her childhood friend, Meadow Pollack, was among the victims of the Valentine’s Day shooting at her alma mater.

Pollack, an 18-year-old senior, and Judson were lifelong friends, NBC News reported.  “They were like our second family our whole lives,” Judson said of the Pollacks.  A photo of Meadow Pollack, one of the 17 victims killed in the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sits against a cross as part of a public memorial in Parkland Florida.  Judson said she showed up at LaGuardia Airport on Thursday, the day after the shooting, frantic to get a flight home to Florida, where she’d grown up.  “As soon as I got out of the car at the airport, I started hysterically crying,” she said.   Troopers Robert Troy and Thomas Karasinski spotted the distraught young woman and asked if she was all right.  She tearfully explained that a friend was killed in the school shooting in Florida and that she needed help figuring out where to buy her ticket.   The troopers led her inside to the JetBlue counter, where an agent told her a one-way ticket to Florida would be almost $700. Unable to afford the cost, she begged the agent to lower the price or allow her a bereavement discount.  The agent could not accommodate her, and was about to give the ticket to another passenger when Troy and Karasinski stepped in.  “I look up, and the state troopers are standing there and they’re both handing over their credit cards,” Judson told NBC News.  “I’m telling them that they don’t have to do this.  This is crazy.  They said, ‘It’s already done.  We want you to be home with their families.’” 

A rabbi who sat Shiva with the Pollack family confirmed that Judson made it home to be with the family and to attend Meadow’s funeral on Friday, where the Miami Herald reported that she was described as a star with “a smile like sunshine.”  

2/23/18

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AAST has a new corporate partnership with Galls, LLC

Galls logo

The American Association of State Troopers, Inc. (AAST) is pleased to announce our newest corporate partnership. Galls, LLC, the leading distributor of public safety equipment in America, headquartered in Lexington, KY has generously signed on as a corporate partner in support of the American Association of State Troopers Foundation, Inc. (AASTF).  Galls services the needs of law enforcement, military, security, fire, ems, postal, public transportation and more.  Galls offers an extensive selection of products and brands, competitive prices, responsive service, fast deliveries, and seamless ordering.  With nearly 50 years in the industry, Galls offers thousands of agencies and departments a 360° solution and provides each with a personalized web portal that makes ordering super easy, fast and convenient.  The American Association of State Troopers is proud to partner with corporations like Galls that work every day to support our state troopers and all public safety heroes.

2/23/18

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AAST member appointed to be US Marshall

WVSP Lt. to be US Marshall

West Virginia State Police Lt. Michael Baylous has been confirmed to serve as the U.S. marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia.  Baylous was the spokesman for the West Virginia State Police, where he has served since 1994. Prior to joining the West Virginia State Police, Baylous served in the Marine Corps Reserves in Cross Lanes from 1987 to 1995.  In September, he was one of five candidates nominated for the position by President Donald Trump.  On Thursday, the Senate confirmed Baylous to serve as the Southern District’s U.S. marshal.  U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito released the following statement following Baylous’ confirmation:  “I was proud to recommend Michael Baylous to serve as the next U.S. marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia and to support his nomination throughout the confirmation process. There is no doubt that he has a strong commitment to maintaining the rule of law and ensuring West Virginians are safe. I am thrilled the Senate has confirmed him and look forward to working with him in his new role.”  Baylous holds a master of arts in government and public administration from Regent University, a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the West Virginia University and an associate of arts in police science from Marshall University.  U.S. marshals perform the essential functions of protecting the federal judiciary, apprehending fugitives, transporting prisoners and protecting witnesses.

2/20/18

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Florida Highway Patrol troopers stop SUV with stuck accelerator that went 50 miles on highway, reaching 100 mph

FHP Saves speeding car

Florida state troopers managed to stop an SUV with a stuck accelerator after it traveled about 50 miles on Interstate 95 at speeds up to 100 mph.  A Florida Highway Patrol report said 28-year-old Joseph Cooper called 911 Monday afternoon from south of Port St. Lucie, saying he was heading north and couldn't slow down.  The 911 operator told Cooper to put the vehicle in neutral, but he said he couldn't.  He said he didn't want to use the emergency brake at the speed he was traveling.  State troopers and local police drove alongside the SUV to clear traffic.  Deploying stop sticks three times to flatten the SUV's tires, they finally brought the vehicle to a stop west of Vero Beach.  Cooper was taken to a nearby hospital after complaining of chest pains.

2/19/18

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Connecticut State Police K-9 sniffs out big drug bust

CSP Drug Bust

State Police K-9 Silver helped sniff out a big drug bust in Orange. State Police seized a significant amount of marijuana, cocaine and cash.  A Hamden woman and a Derby man were arrested, State Police said.  State Police say troopers seized more than one pound of marijuana, one half kilogram of powder cocaine and approximately $2,500 in cash during motor vehicle stop.  At 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, troopers from Troop G-Bridgeport were conducting motor vehicle enforcement when they saw a 2004 Acura TSX conduct a motor vehicle violation, State Police said.  Troopers stopped the Acura on Route 114 near New Haven Avenue in Orange.  Troopers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle and determined that marijuana may still be contained in the vehicle, State Police said.  Troopers and State Police narcotic detection dog, K9 Silver located and seized the pot, cocaine and cash, State Police said.

2/16/18

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