North Carolina trooper paralyzed in crash moved to Atlanta rehab center

NC Trooper transferred to rehab facility

North Carolina state troopers continue to show endless support for their colleague, paralyzed during a chase in Charlotte last month. Members of the Highway Patrol, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and medical staff lined the halls of Atrium Carolinas Medical Center on Thursday. They saluted Trooper Christopher Wooten as he left for Shepherd Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta and several members of the Highway Patrol’s Motor Unit escorted Wooten to the airport. Other SHP members joined the trooper and his family as they boarded the medically equipped plane required for the one-hour flight. When Wooten and his family arrived in Atlanta, members from the Georgia State Patrol’s Motor Unit were on site, waiting to escort the family to the hospital. On July 22, Wooten was injured when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Tuckaseegee Road and Edgewood Road. “The overwhelming amount of support offered by our law enforcement partners, medical staff, other first responders and the public is unmatched and truly expresses the appreciation for Chris’ law enforcement service,” said Col. Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “I want to personally thank every person who has assisted the Wooten family thus far as I know they are extremely grateful.”

8/14/19

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California Highway Patrol officer shot and killed after traffic stop

CHP Officer killed August 2010

 

Officer Andre Moye was shot and killed after conducting a traffics top near the junction of I-215 and Eastridge Avenue in Riverside. As Officer Moye completed paperwork to impound the vehicle the driver retrieved a rifle from it and opened fire. Despite being mortally wounded, Officer Moye was able to radio for assistance. Officers from the California Highway Patrol, Riverside Police Department, and Riverside County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and engaged the subject in a prolonged shootout. Two other officers were wounded and the subject was killed.  The subject who shot him had previously served 10 years in prison for attempted murder.  Officer Moye had served with the California Highway Patrol for 3-1/2 years and was assigned to the Riverside Area Office.  He is survived by his wife, mother, father, and siblings.

8/13/19

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Nebraska State Patrol trooper named Officer of the Year by the Motor Vehicle Criminal Interdiction Association

NSP honored MVCIA drug interdiction

Nebraska State Trooper Sam Mortensen was named the Officer of the Year by the Motor Vehicle Criminal Interdiction Association during its conference in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, August 5. Mortensen has been with the State Patrol for 17 years and serves in the Carrier Enforcement Division. In April 2018 during a traffic stop in Buffalo County, Mortensen was responsible for a 118-pound seizure of fentanyl, believed to be the largest seizure of fentanyl in United States history until a seizure by Customs and Border Protection agents eclipsed the mark earlier this year. Mortensen also participated in an October 2018 event at the White House that sought to raise awareness for opioid abuse. During the event, President Donald Trump personally recognized Mortensen. "Trooper Mortensen is a great reflection of the training and dedication that it takes to remove these drugs from our communities," said NSP Superintendent John Bolduc in a news release. The Motor Vehicle Criminal Interdiction Association presents the Bob Thomasson Officer of the Year award annually to a law enforcement member who has distinguished him or herself in the area of criminal interdiction.

8/9/19

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Washington State Police trooper's dashcam captures small plane make an emergency landing in oncoming traffic

WSP trooper dashcam emergency landing of small plane

A pilot in Washington state had to make an emergency landing on a roadway last Thursday — and a state trooper caught the stunning sight on dashcam video.  According to Fox News, video released by Washington State Patrol shows vehicles braking and swerving to make room for a small plane low to the street in Parkland, a city in Pierce County.  The trooper quickly turns around and heads the direction the plane is headed on Pacific Avenue.  The dashcam footage shows the plane make a shaky landing on the street, eventually stopping in a lane near an intersection.  The trooper makes his way over to the pilot, and the two work together to move the plane off the road, according to the video.  The small plane was flying from Yelm to Boeing Field in Seattle, but had to make an emergency landing when the plane's fuel system malfunctioned.  The state trooper said he'd never experienced anything like this during his 21 years with the Washington State Patrol.  Neither damage nor injuries were reported following the incident.

To watch the video, go to: https://twitter.com/i/status/1157003358974042112

8/7/19

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Trooper with the Texas Highway Patrol receives Purple Heart

Texas Trooper receives Purple Heart

A trooper with the department of public safety, Kenneth Burman, has received the DPS Purple Heart award for assisting a driver in Orange County. On October 4, 2016, Trooper Kenneth Burman was assisting a driver of a truck pulling a flatbed trailer that had become disabled and partially within the westbound lane of traffic on IH-10 in Orange County.  Trooper Burman positioned his patrol unit behind the disabled vehicle with the emergency lights activated.  Burman returned to his vehicle, and while in the front seat, his patrol unit was struck by a Ford pickup truck.  The impact caused Trooper Burman’s unit to strike the rear of the flatbed trailer.  Burman was transported to a local hospital via Air Rescue.  He sustained serious injuries and subsequently underwent multiple surgeries to treat his injuries.  After much physical therapy and rehabilitation he has returned to duty and is now stationed in Hardin County.

8/5/19

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