Missouri State Highway Patrol accepts push-ups challenge


Missouri troopers doing push ups


Patrol employees statewide are accepting the challenge to perform 22 push-ups every day for 22 days.  That figure represents the number of veterans who commit suicide each day, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol press release.  “The colonel challenged each one of the troops within Missouri to do the push- up challenge, and of course, Troop H gladly accepted that,” said Sgt. Jacob Angle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Troop H.  Angle said he and about 25 troopers completed the challenge on Tuesday.  He also said patrol employees participating in the challenge are using social media to urge other agencies to join them. Angle challenged the Cameron Police Department.  “After I challenged them, I learned they had already done the challenge, but that’s alright as long as they are participating,” Angle said.  Angle said Troop H has several troopers who are veterans. He also said troopers have been willing to participate in the challenge.  “They (veterans) go over there and help support our freedom, they serve every day to protect us,” Angle said.  “It’s a great cause and a great group of people and the Highway Patrol totally supports them.”  According to the news release, the Highway Patrol hopes the social media-driven awareness campaign encourages the public to make more connections with the people around them.  “The Highway Patrol is very pro-military. ... So if doing this helps raise awareness for veterans, the Highway Patrol wants to be a part of it,” Angle said.