Minnesota state troopers' speedy blood delivery saves new mom
A new mom is thanking some Minnesota state troopers for their quick action after giving birth. A happy ending for sure, but the moments leading up to this were intense and unpredictable as a routine C-section turned into a hemorrhage and major blood loss for new mom Lisa Jaeger. The Red Wing Hospital called the Red Cross for help, but getting the much needed blood from St. Paul to Red Wing had to happen fast or Lisa could die. That's when three Minnesota state troopers were called into action for a blood run relay. “I ran out of my squad; he ran out of his,” said Jacob Letourneau, a Minnesota state trooper. “He grabbed the box, it's in a box about this big. He handed it to me. I ran back to mine, threw it, closed the door and away I went.” A blood run is actually part of the job for troopers. So far this year, the Minnesota State Patrol has done 37 blood runs. There were 89 last year and 70 the year before. The State Patrol says it's something they're good at and proud to do. “Got it there quickly, got it there safely and got it there in time for doctors to use it and allow Lisa to make a full recovery,” said Col. Matt Langer, Chief of Minnesota State Patrol. But this one was a bit different. A long the way, troopers learned that Lisa was actually one of their own. She's the fleet manager for the Minnesota State Patrol. “When I found out it was one of our own, it made it a lot more personal,” said Letourneau. “I've known about the blood run,” said Jaeger. “I've been on a ridealong where we actually did a blood run. Never thought in a million years that a blood run would be something that saved my life and so I'm very, very grateful to these troopers.” Doctors told Lisa had the blood arrived just a few minutes later, she may not have made it. But thankfully, Lisa, her husband Brent and baby Ryan are doing well and enjoying life together. “I've got quite a story to tell about him when he gets older,” said Jaeger. In addition to blood runs, state troopers also transport plasma, platelets and organs upon request.
Vigil for slain trooper planned at State Police headquarters
A vigil planned for Wednesday evening at Virginia State Police headquarters will honor Special Agent Michael Walter, who was shot and killed in the line of duty Friday in Mosby Court. In cooperation with the VSP, Respect and Remember-Richmond United for Law Enforcement will hold a prayer vigil on Wednesday, May 31, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The vigil will be held at the site of Walter’s State Police cruiser memorial in front of Virginia State Police Headquarters, located at 7700 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield County. Participants are allowed to bring flowers and balloons to be left at the memorial. “We will join together in unity and prayer to be followed by a memorial tribute to remember Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael T. Walter,” wrote Cheryl Nici-O’Connell with Richmond United for Law Enforcement. “Please join us as we come together to support the family, pay our respects, and unite together as a community.” Walter, who served nearly 20 years with Virginia State Police, is survived by his wife and three children.
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
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
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.