One dead and one wounded after a California Highway Patrol officer makes a traffic stop

chpA California Highway Patrol Officer made a traffic stop and had to return fire after one of the vehicle’s occupants began shooting at him.

Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills stated that after the officer made the stop a man got out of the car and began firing a handgun, striking the officer in the leg. The officer returned fire and fatally wounded the suspect.

The CHP officer held the other three passengers of the vehicle at gunpoint until backup officers arrived. He was then taken to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.


West Virginia State Police Receive AAST's 2015 National Best Looking Cruiser Award

American Association of State Trooper’s Virginia State Director Jim Clare, Jr. (retired) and First Vice President Jeff Lane presented West Virginia State Police with the award of National Best Looking Cruiser Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. The ceremony took place at the State Police’s Academy and there to receive the award were Captain Michael Corsaro, Major Bill Scott and Captain Reggie Patterson, all of West Virginia’s State Police. 

AAST WV 2015 Cruiser Award

 The national 2015 Best-Looking Cruiser Contest winners are decided by followers of AAST’s Facebook page. Out of 48 submissions from different state  agencies, West Virginia won this year’s title with Ohio (last year’s winner) not far behind. The top 13 cruisers are featured in a 2016 wall calendar.

 “Looking at the contest daily, seeing some of the ‘likes’ and the comments, I suspect a vast majority of those folks were probably here in West Virginia  supporting their home state and that says a lot about West Virginia,” said Jeff Lane said before the ceremony began.  He went on to explain, “The contest is meant  to support the foundation, which supports troopers in times of need. Scholarships are also available for children of state troopers in the United States.”

(Pictured from L to R: Captain Michael Corsaro, Jim Clare, Jr., Major Bill Scott, Jeff Lane, Captain Reggie Patterson)

WV Cruiser 2015

“It really means a lot to us,” said Lt. Michael Baylous. “This is just a simple contest. We have a population of about 1.7 million and although many  states have  larger  populations, the pride in West Virginia shows.” Lt. Baylous stated that it felt good to know that West Virginians supports their troopers.

 Behind that “beautiful blue and gold color scheme," is a Ford Interceptor with a twin turbo charged engine,” Baylous said. Lane statethat while the cruiser is  unique, it also adds to a state trooper’s identity.


Spirit Of The Trooper Award Recipients

AAST created the Spirit of the Trooper Award in 2009 to recognize individuals for their support of the goals and purposes of AAST and its mission to improve the lives of state troopers and their families. AAST feels strongly that all who have helped troopers in outstanding ways should be recognized and looks forward to future opportunities to honor those who display a true Spirit of the Trooper.


Nick Gigliotti

A business owner from Florida, Mr. Nick Gigliotti has provided financial resources to the Association since 2008. A retired member of the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary, Gigliotti also serves as a member of the FHP Advisory Council. He loves troopers, and supports all that AAST does to help troopers across the country. He joined as an Associate member of AAST.



 Richard Gonzmart

Florida restaurateur Richard Gonzmart helped support the AAST-sponsored National Law Enforcement Training Conference in 2009 and 2010. President of the Columbia Restaurant Group, comprising nine restaurants, he has won numerous awards and has represented the state of Florida in several capacities. Known as an avid supporter of law enforcement, Gonzmart was appointed by former governor Jeb Bush to the Florida Commission on Tourism in 2006 and has served on many prestigious boards, including his current role on the Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Council.


 Wes Holland

President of B W Mobility, Inc., Mr. Holland was honored for his generous donation to the AAST  Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization providing academic scholarships to the dependent children of AAST members.




Carter Hooper

Carter Hooper, a Coast Guard certified captain and head guide for H&H Coastal Hunting and Fishing of Anahuac, Texas, was recognized for his ongoing support of state troopers and his generous support of the AAST Foundation.
Hooper initially donated a fishing trip to AAST, which raised $1,100 for the foundation, whose chief benefit is scholarships for children of AAST member state troopers.  Sgt. Anthony Caudle of the Tennessee Highway Patrol won the fishing trip in AAST’s online auction.


Charlie Hubbard

The lawyer from Roxboro, N.C., has been a longtime supporter of the Virginia/North Carolina Annual Troopers Dinner, which is supported by AAST.  Mr. Hubbard was instrumental in locating funding for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol driving track and for the ballistic vest issued to all members of the patrol. He has continuously supported troopers at many charitable events throughout the state, in particular raising funds for members in need.  He was given the title of honorary trooper by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for his continuous support.


Brian Libby

Brian Libby of DiSilva/Webster Trucking spearheaded a fundraising raffle for the family of New York trooper John Gorke, who died suddenly in 2009. Libby has also been instrumental in promoting the Association's Truckers and Troopers Unite for Safety campaign. Libby joined as an Associate member of AAST.





Sheryl Musick

Sheryl Musick was honored in recognition of her hard work and creativity in assembling a beautiful memory book for Bob Yoakum, AAST's Tennessee State Director, and for her invaluable assistance in providing guests at our 2010 National Board meeting in San Antonio, Texas, with a memorable experience in touring the city.



Operation Lifesaver Tennessee

Operation Lifesaver Tennessee, a non-profit organization providing public education programs to prevent collisions, injuries, and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings, will also be awarded the Spirit of the Trooper Award for their role in providing training to safety education troopers annually at no cost.  They also offer a free course for troopers on safely investigating vehicle/train collisions.


Bill Parker

Bill Parker, a member of the Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Council, right, was recognized with the AAST Spirit of The Trooper award for his outstanding volunteer work to assist Florida troopers.  The council is a volunteer organization comprised of business, professional, and community leaders throughout the state who use their experience, expertise, and service to provide input to the FHP director regarding the performance of the patrol and the quality of service provided to the public.

Parker has adopted the FHP Academy as his home away from home.  He is seen on a regular basis assisting Academy staff with various needs and goes above and beyond the call of duty in supporting the men and women of FHP throughout the state.  He shows his support of state troopers day in and day out.


Tennessee Trucking Association

The Tennessee Trucking Association, a non-profit trade association representing more than 400 trucking companies and industry vendors across Tennessee, regularly shows unyielding support of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
TTA hosts a number of educational events, including the Annual Truck Driving Championship and Inspector Challenge, allowing THP troopers and commercial vehicle industry professionals to compete side by side in various competitions.  The group also supported the Uniformed Safety Education Officers Workshop, Inc., an educational conference sponsored by Tennessee troopers.


Ken Underwood

Ken Underwood, founder and CEO of the National Safety Commission in Ponte Vedra, Fla., generously sponsored AAST’s Trooper of the Year Award for several years. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Ken served in the U.S. Navy where he was a decorated pilot. Also a retired pilot from American Airlines, Ken graduated cum laude from Jacksonville University in 1981 with a bachelor of science degree in marketing, management, and economics.





Uppendahl, Bielendberg, Zipf and Ruffing

Ken Uppendahl, Dick Bielenberg, Fred Zipf, and Dan Ruffing, left to right, of Oregon were recognized for their volunteer work to get needed supplies to Louisiana and Mississippi state troopers following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. AAST partnered with the Oregon State Police Officers Association in Operation Trooper Relief to make this effort possible. Ruffing, owner of an Oregon trucking company, donated the use of three semi trucks and trailers to haul relief supplies and also arranged for drivers (the men pictured with Ruffing) to volunteer their time to drive the trucks to Louisiana and Mississippi.

2014 AAST Trooper Of The Year

Christopher J. Dumont

Massachusetts State Police trooper Christopher J. Dumont, 36, was named the 2014 national Trooper of the Year by the American Association of State Troopers for helping save the life of an officer who was wounded during the Watertown shootout with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects last year.

Dumont was working a security detail at Logan International Airport on April 18, 2013, for President Barack Obama’s visit following the marathon bombings, when he learned that Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier had been shot and killed.
Dumont immediately drove to the scene of the shooting.  The suspects soon fled in a stolen SUV, and Dumont responded to the nearby town of Watertown to search for the pair, later identified as TamerlanTsarnaev and his brother, DzhokharTsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

The suspects began shooting at officers, with Dumont arriving on scene as the suspects began throwing Improvised Explosive Devices.  The gun battle lasted over five minutes with over 270 rounds fired.  Dumont returned gunfire and directed other officers to establish a perimeter to contain the suspects.

Dumont learned that Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police Officer Richard Donohue, 33, had been shot in the right leg, which severed his femoral artery.  Police officers from several departments had come to Donohue’s aid, but were unable to control the bleeding.Dumont, a certified paramedic, found Donohue in cardiac arrest, lying in a large pool of blood.  Dumont immediately recognized that Donohue had lost most of his blood volume and that only blood transfusions and surgery would allow him to survive.   Dumont performed CPR before a medical team arrived and then rode in the ambulance with Donohue, working hard to keep him alive.     

The rapid transport of Donohue to the closest hospital got him to the emergency room only 10 minutes after he had been shot, providing hospital staff the opportunity to save his life.  Doctors were able to establish a heartbeat after nearly 40 minutes of Donohue being clinically dead.

Donohue regained consciousness days later and has since appeared with Dumont at several awards ceremonies across the state.  His recovery is unprecedented.  Among other awards, Dumont was presented the Medal of Honor, the MSP’s highest award.  Donohue and Dumont have teamed up with the American Red Cross to help organize several blood drives to promote the constant need for blood donations.    

“Not one person saved the life of Ofcr. Donohue, but if one person had done anything different, he may not have survived,” said Dumont, stating that he has been recognized for simply doing a job he was trained to do.
In an employee observation report, Dumont’s supervisor, Sgt. Paul Baker, stated that Dumont displayed “calm under fire, the ability to take decisive action, and unwavering dedication to duty in the face of overwhelming firepower.”
Dumont joined the MSP in 2005 after serving six years with the New Bedford Police Department.  He is assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s State Police Detective Unit as a homicide investigator.  Dumont is an 18-year emergency medical technician with over 12 years certified at the advanced paramedic level.

The AAST Trooper of the Year award is presented annually to a state trooper who exemplified traits of an outstanding law enforcement officer in the previous year.  This year an anonymous donor sponsored the award in honor of retiring Florida trooper Lt. Jimmie Collins.
AAST representatives attendedthe MSP Spring State House Awards Ceremony at the State House in Boston on May 21 to present Dumont with the crystal Trooper of the Year trophy.  AAST will also make a donation to Dumont’s designated charity, the American Red Cross.

L-R: Col. Timothy Alben, Tpr. Chris Dumont, Massachusetts State Representative Robert Koczera, and Lt. John Bagnardi of the Florida Highway Patrol (AAST Trooper of the Year Committee Chairman), as Rep. Koczera presents Tpr. Dumont with a resolution in recognition of being named the AAST Trooper of the Year.

Tpr. Dumont, center, is flanked by his family, as well as Lt. Col. Frank Matthews, left, and Col. Timothy Alben, right.


Foundation Donor Honor Roll

The Honor Roll of Donors is being updated to ensure all 2013 donors to the AAST Foundation are recognized.

Thank you for your support of the AAST Foundation. We truly appreciate the gifts you have made to support America's troopers. Please contact our office should we have inadvertently left you off the Honor Roll or if you would like us to remove your name from publication.

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