Texas Department of Public Safety former trooper needs assistance
DPS Trooper Daniel Shown was shot in the head 8 days before Christmas, 24 years ago in Waco, Texas. He was giving back up to a sheriff's deputy who had reported "shots fired". The deputy had been trying to persuade a drunken man to come out of the house, lay down his .22 rifle and quit shooting. Daniel ran behind a big tree and shined his flashlight at the house. The shooter fired at the light. A bullet struck Trooper Shown in the center of his forehead. Daniel had to have part of his brain removed and had complications during surgery. He lost vision in his right eye, his left arm is totally paralyzed and his left leg partially paralyzed. Daniel lived thanks to another Trooper named Ramos that opened his airways and kept him from choking to death on his own blood. Daniel owes many thanks to surgeons, doctors, nurses and many DPS officer friends. Daniel has had many struggles over the years, including an automobile accident which crushed his right knee so he had to have a total kneecap replacement. He acquired an infection due to a sponge being left in his knee during surgery and now his right leg is fused together and does not bend like it should.
Daniel is a very humble man that is in need of some assistance. He desperately needs an updated motorized wheelchair that will allow him to live more independently within his home alone. He also is in need of a handicapped accessible vehicle to transport his wheelchair to church and to his doctor's office and to the grocery store. Any help you can give is appreciated to help Daniel keep living on his own. Please feel free to donate what you can and please share this with your friends so that we can get Daniel mobile!
To assist, please go to: https://www.gofundme.com/dps-trooper-needs-assistance.
North Carolina Highway Patrol graduates 14 new troopers
The State Highway Patrol proudly welcomed 14 new troopers at a graduation ceremony for the 146th Basic Highway Patrol School. The ceremony was held at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Auditorium in Raleigh. Governor Roy Cooper and Colonel G. M. McNeill Jr., the 27th Commander of the State Highway Patrol provided remarks to those in attendance. The oath of office was administered by Associate Justice Cheri Beasley of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. “These newly sworn troopers are now a part of the promising future of our esteemed organization,” said Colonel Glenn M. McNeill Jr. “They are expanding on the great history of the State Highway Patrol and taking this exceptional training to the field to fulfill their role as ambassadors for our state.”
New York State Police swear in 158 new troopers
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today congratulated the 158 new members of the State Police at the 207th session graduation ceremony from the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy. "These new Troopers have answered the call and dedicated themselves to selflessly serving the people of New York State," Governor Cuomo said. "I commend these men and women for their hard work over the last 26 weeks and for their commitment to public service. Our state will be safer with these members joining the ranks and enforcing our laws." "There is no greater or more noble calling than protecting and serving the people of this state," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who spoke at the graduation ceremony. "I'm honored to congratulate the more than 150 brave and selfless men, women and veteran graduates, who are committed to keeping New York and its citizens safe. Congratulations to the 207th graduating class and thank you for your brave and selfless service making a difference in the lives of others." New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "After 26 weeks of difficult classwork and training, the 207th Basic School will continue the fine tradition of the State Police members that have come before them. This graduation ceremony is the culmination of the hard work you have shown over the past six months. It is also a testament to your continued dedication, as you waited years before your name was called to join the long gray line. I congratulate all of our new members and wish you luck as you start your career."
New York State Police trooper escorts wandering elephant back home to animal sanctuary
A New York State Trooper received the biggest shock of his career Sunday night while on patrol -- an 8,000-pound surprise, to be exact. Sgt. Dave Scott was on duty when police received a call around 11:35 p.m. detailing an elephant that had somehow gotten loose in Westtown, New York State Police Public Information Officer for Troop F Steven Nevel told ABC News. Scott and another trooper responded to the field within 10 minutes, where the elephant was enjoying her freedom. Scott, who is familiar with the area, had an inkling that the elephant had escaped from the Sanctuary for Animals, a farm that houses all kinds of animals, across the street. Scott then went to the sanctuary and alerted the owners of the elephant's breakout, who came out and ordered the elephant to go back to where she belongs. "They came out and spoke to the elephant like someone would talk to their dog," Nevel said. "They told her to turn around and head back home, and she started heading back home." The 46-year-old Vietnamese elephant named Fripha, who arrived in the U.S. after she was burned by napalm during the Vietnam War, was able to stroll out of the sanctuary after a worker forgot to turn on an electric fence, Nevel said. Fripha was not fazed by the commotion and remained "nice" and "friendly" during the run-in, he added. While state police often get calls detailing wayward bears, dogs and deer, it was the first time Scott had ever had to escort an elephant home, describing the encounter as "the strangest thing," Nevel said. "I wish I could have seen the trooper's face when it came over the radio that we have a wandering elephant," Nevel said. "I can imagine that he would have said, 'Can you repeat that?'"