North Carolina troopers surprise widow of crash victim
On Thursday, October 26, 2017, at approximately 0647 hours, Robert Vermillion was involved in a multi-vehicle fatal when his car went through the guard wires of I-485 near Rocky River Road and entered the opposite direction of interstate traffic. Robert was killed instantly. Trp. Kevin Robinson and myself drove to the home of the Vermillion Family. They live(d) in a two bedroom home with six members of their family. Jennifer (spouse), a twelve month old son, a 2 ½ year old daughter, Jennifer’s mother and grandmother. We delivered the terrible news then left. Later that same evening, I called Trp. Robinson and told him we have to do something for this family. We both then put together a campaign to raise funds and raised over $5,600 in cash as well as gift cards, clothes, shoes, etc. We hope that this little bit of help will go a long way in providing for the Vermillion Family through the holiday season.
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Wounded state trooper released from hospital
Cpl. Seth Kelly, a state trooper wounded during a gun battle Nov. 7 in Plainfield Township, has been released from the hospital, state police confirmed. Kelly was released Friday afternoon from St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill, said Capt. Richard D’Ambrosio, commander of the Troop M barracks where Kelly works. Kelly was moved from the hospital’s intensive care unit last week where he was recovering from gunshot wounds to his neck, shoulder and thigh, authorities said. The 13-year veteran of the state police still has a lengthy recovery before him, authorities said. Kelly was one of two troopers involved in a traffic stop along Route 33. During the stop, the man charged in Kelly's shooting, Daniel Clary, 22, of Monroe County, fought with troopers, trying to grab one trooper’s handgun from the holster and then dashing to his car, where he grabbed a gun and opened fire, state police said. Troopers returned fire and Clary also was shot several times. Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said the troopers’ use of force was justified and Kelly and Trooper Ryan Seiple showed restraint during the incident. Authorities said Kelly likely saved his own life by applying a tourniquet to his wounds to stem his blood loss. Clary remains in jail under $1 million bail, awaiting trial on charges that include two counts of attempted murder of a police officer.
Nevada Department of Public Safety announces new Nevada Highway Patrol Colonel
The Nevada Department of Public Safety Director James Wright announced the appointment of John O’Rourke as Colonel of the Nevada Highway Patrol. O’Rourke has been the NHP Acting Colonel for the past several months following the retirement of Colonel Dennis Osborn. He will officially assume the title of Colonel on Monday, December 4, 2017. “Colonel O’Rourke brings vast knowledge and experience to the position, having served in two Divisions and in multiple capacities with the Department,” DPS Director Wright said. Colonel O’Rourke has served for over 20 years with the DPS, joining the Highway Patrol Division in 1995. As a Trooper, O’Rourke was active in impaired driving apprehension, field training and motorcycle programs, field sobriety test instruction, and defensive tactics instruction. His numerous assignments have included Deputy Chief with the Parole and Probation Division, Commander with the Honor Guard and Lieutenant Colonel with the Highway Patrol. O'Rourke was the first NHP Trooper to be awarded the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Mountain Pacific Trooper of the Year. He is also a James D. Hoff Meritorious Service Award and Gold Star Medal of Valor recipient. “It is a privilege and honor to serve as Colonel alongside the men and women of the NHP,” Colonel O’Rourke said. “We will continue to make safety a priority for residents and visitors on Nevada highways and in our state.”
Michigan State Police graduates 127 new troopers
Michigan has 127 new state troopers. The large group graduated from the 133rd Trooper Recruit School on Thursday. Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, administered the Oath of Office during the ceremony at the Lansing Center. “These men and women have chosen a very rewarding career,” said graduation keynote speaker, Gov. Rick Snyder. “We wish our newest troopers safety each day. Thank you for dedicating your life to serving and protecting the residents of our great state.” In her address to the graduates, MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue said, “I know you chose this career to help people and to keep communities safe. Strive every day to make a positive impact in the lives of the citizens we serve.” The 133rd Trooper Recruit School began on June 4 when 160 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. For the past 26 weeks, recruits received training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.