Florida Highway Patrol Trooper seriously injured in crash leaves hospital

FHP Crash Andy Ong

A Florida Highway Patrol injured in a crash last month on Interstate 95 in Lantana has been released from a hospital, a spokesman for FHP said.  Trooper Andy Ong was released Friday from Delray Medical Center, Sgt. Mark Wysocky said.  Ong, 51, is still recovering from serious injuries from the Oct. 1 crash and a GoFundMe online fundraising page has been created to help pay for his expenses.  On the day of the injury, the trooper was standing on the shoulder of the highway near the rear of his patrol vehicle, pointing a speed-measuring device, when the driver of a Honda Accord heading north near Hypoluxo Road changed lanes and hit a Ford Focus.  The driver of the Ford lost control and slammed into Ong and his patrol car.  Ong, a Palm Beach County resident, had several surgeries while in the hospital.  The driver of the Honda, 31-year-old Aliz Beauplan of Boynton Beach, and the driver of the Ford, 27-year-old Amanda Winnegar of Palm Springs, were taken to JFK Medical Center in Atlantis with minor injuries.  The crash remains under investigation and no charges have filed, Wysocky said.

11/14/17

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Tennessee Trooper Rescues Driver Impaled by Deer Antler

THP Trooper saves life

A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper sent to the scene of a Nashville area car crash is credited with saving the life of a driver whose neck was punctured by an antler of a deer that went through her windshield.  When Trooper Russell Bernard arrived at the scene, the driver of the crashed car was bleeding heavily from a large puncture wound in her neck, according to a news release from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.  Bernard applied pressure to the wound until emergency medical services personnel arrived.  The deer had been hit by another vehicle and thrown through the victim's windshield.  Its antlers also punctured the driver's seat, according to the release.  "I commend Trooper Bernard for taking swift action to save the life of the injured driver," THP Colonel Tracy Trott said.  "Trooper Bernard was able to apply his cadet training and respond quickly using the proper technique and protocol.  I am proud of the work we do every day to save lives on our Tennessee roadways."  The driver, who had a torn artery, was taken by EMS personnel to a Dickson, Tenn., hospital and later flown to Skyline Hospital in Nashville for emergency surgery, the release states.

11/13/17

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Wyoming Highway Patrol graduates 8 troopers

WHP November 2017 graduation

The Wyoming Highway Patrol recently commissioned eight recruits to the rank of Trooper upon the completion of their intensive training academy.  During their academy, the new Troopers were instructed in a variety of classes including firearms, commercial carrier, physical training, RADAR/LIDAR, emergency vehicle operation, custody and control, crash investigation and other pertinent training.  The members of Class 93 that were new to law enforcement participated in over 1,210 hours of academy training.  Being a State Trooper for the Wyoming Highway Patrol can be a challenging, yet rewarding career as it takes a special person to become a Wyoming State Trooper. All Troopers take an oath to protect and serve all citizens of this great state with courtesy, professionalism, and integrity as Wyoming’s Troopers represent the agency brand of “Guardians of the Cowboy State”.  The new Troopers participated in their swearing-in ceremony in front of family and friends at the Wyoming Supreme Court on Nov. 2nd.  The ceremony marked the 93rd graduated Wyoming Highway Patrol Academy.

11/8/17

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Texas Senior Trooper killed in line of duty

End of Watch Texas Trooper

Senior Trooper Tom Nipper killed in a vehicle crash while conducting a traffic stop on southbound I-35, near Midway Drive, in Temple.  He was sitting in his patrol car during the stop when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck.  The impact caused the patrol car to strike the stopped vehicle and Trooper Nipper.  He was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.  Trooper Nipper had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for almost 35 years.  He is survived by his wife and three children.

11/7/17

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Washington State Patrol graduates 39 troopers

WSP November 2017 graduation

Thirty-nine state troopers were sworn in Thursday at a ceremony in Olympia, officially beginning their service.  Governor Jay Inslee and Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste recognized the cadets at the swearing-in ceremony.  “Twenty-six weeks of training has prepared you for the moment that has led you to stand before us today,” said Batiste.  Cadets train for over 1,000 hours in defensive driving, firearms management and how to interact with the public.  “You are the recipients of the best training of any law enforcement agency in the United States,” said Inslee.  The Washington State Patrol Academy produces approximately three cadet classes each biennium, accounting for about 100 to 120 new troopers.  Only about four to six percent of the total number of applicants makes the grade to become state troopers.

11/6/17

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