State trooper father-daughter dance in honor of child who died of rare brain cancer


A Central Texas mother is trying to bring awareness to a rare form of brain cancer that killed her daughter five days after she was diagnosed.  Jade Bridlier was born May 28, 2012.  According to the website in her honor, Jade bumped the back of her head during a vacation in August of 2016.  Later that evening, her eyes started to cross.  Her parents brought her to the ER, and during the course of a few days, Jade had a CT scan and a MRI.  On Aug. 24, doctors learned that Jade had a tumor on the pons area of her brain.  She was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a rare form of brain cancer.  Diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas are highly aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumors found at the base of the brain.  Approximately 300 children are diagnosed with DIPGs each year, usually between the ages of 5 and 10.  The survival rate for DIPG is very low.  According to the website, within two days in PICU, Jade lost the ability to walk, eat, swallow, urinate and talk.  Her last words spoken were, “Mommy, I want to go home.”  Jade passed away on Aug. 29, 2016. She was 4 years old.  After Jade’s death, her mother, Vicky, resigned from her position as Chief Operating Officer at College Station Medical to make spreading awareness of DIPG her job full time.  She founded The Cure Starts Now Central Texas Chapter.  Jade’s father is a Texas State Trooper, so her family began to call her trooper’s angel.  Recently, a video has gone viral of Texas State Troopers dancing with their daughters.  The video is of the first event held on May 20 by Vicky’s chapter.  Vicky said that Jade wanted to attend a father-daughter dance before her diagnosis, and her mother told her she could attend the dance when she was  5 years old.  Unfortunately, Jade passed away before she could attend the dance, but her mother was determined to have one in her honor.  In the beginning of the video, you see Jade’s father dancing with her younger sister, Mila. Vicky invited all the troopers that worked with her husband to the dance.  In the viral video, you can see all the troopers dancing with their daughters.  Vicky is already planning to host two more events later in the year to spread awareness of DIPG.  In September, there will be a golf tournament and a Painting with a Twist fundraiser in California.



Illinois State trooper pulls over former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart

ISP Tony Stewart

Former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart didn't get off with just a warning when he was stopped on Interstate 88 in Illinois, over the weekend.  He also got a photo of himself with a smiling state trooper - who then tweeted it out.  "Just pulled over NASCAR legend Tony Stewart on I-88 in Dekalb IL, what you think I got him for?" Trooper Damein Cunningham wrote in the tweet.  Not what you might think.  Stewart was pulled over by Cunningham for improper lane usage.   "He was not stopped for speeding," state police spokesman Jason Bradley clarified.  Stewart was pulled over by Cunningham for improper lane usage and was given a warning, according to Bradley, who said the state police are reviewing the trooper's Twitter post.



Virginia State Police Special Agent killed in line of duty

VSP End of Watch Walter

Special Agent Michael Walter was shot and killed in the 1900 block of Redd Street in Richmond, Virginia, while investigating a suspicious vehicle at approximately 7:30 pm.  He and several Richmond Police Department officers were conducting high visibility patrols in the Mosby Court public housing complex due to a recent trend of shootings and other crime. The officers were approaching a vehicle parked facing the wrong direction on Redd Street. As they spoke to the two occupants of the vehicle the passenger opened fire on them, striking Special Agent Walter.  Special Agent Walter was transported to VCU Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds early the following morning.  The subject who shot him fled the scene but was arrested in Northumberland County, Virginia, several hours later.  Special Agent Walter was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.  He had served with the Virginia State Police for 18 years and was assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigations' Drug Enforcement Section. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.



Path cleared for father, son to serve in State Police

LSP Nepotism

A bill carving out an exception in Louisiana's nepotism law to allow new State Police Col. Kevin Reeves' son to remain with the agency won final Legislature approval here late Tuesday.  Senators voted 33-4 for House Bill 308 by Rep. Jack McFarland, R-Winnfield. Gov. John Bel Edwards has said he will sign the bill into law.  "I'm certainly pleased," Reeves said.  "I appreciate the confidence the governor has shown in me and the trouble they've gone to for this and my son.  He's enjoying his career and looking forward to carrying it on."  When Edwards appointed Reeves as interim superintendent of the State Police this spring, it appeared existing ethics laws would disqualify his son, Kaleb Reeves, from continued service because the son hadn't been with the agency at least one year.  Kaleb Reeves, who graduated from the State Police Academy in April, applied to the academy two years ago and began his training in November 2016, long before it was known his father might be tapped to lead the agency, according to the Edwards administration.  "I'm a father first and want my son to be able to pursue the career he has chosen," Reeves told USA Today Network in a previous interview.  Edwards is considering Reeves for the permanent post along with other candidates.  McFarland said his bill won't weaken Louisiana's nepotism laws.  "This seems like a clear case of unintended consequences," McFarland said.  "Why should the son or the father be punished when they could have no prior knowledge Reeves would be named to lead the State Police?"  Reeves was promoted following the retirement of longtime Col. Mike Edmonson, who retired following a scandal involving questionable travel by some troopers on the taxpayers' dime.  Reeves, a Baton Rouge native who settled in Jackson Parish, began his career in 1990 at Troop A in Baton Rouge as a motorcycle officer.  He transferred in 1993 to Troop F in Monroe, where he worked in the patrol divisions as a resident trooper in Jackson Parish.  He was promoted to sergeant in 1998 and worked as a shift supervisor.  Reeves was promoted to lieutenant in 2003 and was eventually named Troop F Commander in 2008 before taking over as Region III commander in 2013.



Highway Patrol to ramp up efforts for Memorial Day

Miss HP Drive to Survive Campaign

The Mississippi Highway Patrol plans to kick off its 2017 Memorial Day Travel Enforcement Period with a safety awareness initiative titled, “Drive to Survive.”  The enforcement period will start Friday, May 26, at 6 p.m. and end Monday, May 29, at midnight.  Motorists are encouraged to drive safely, along with making responsible decisions.  With traffic expected to see a boost, all available troopers will be assigned saturation patrols in an effort to maximize visibility and reduce traffic crashes.  Safety checkpoints will also be set up to prevent impaired driving and promote seatbelt usage.  In 2016, MHP investigation 132 crashes with two fatalities and made 164 DUI arrests on state and federal highway systems throughout the period.