15 new troopers are now defending Colorado State Patrol
Friday was a day 22 weeks in the making. Colorado cadets became troopers with the State Patrol. With their right hands held in the air, and their voices in unison, they took the pledge, making it official. “The bonds are unbreakable that we formed here,” new Trooper Kerry Donahue said. “There’s nothing like it.” The moment weighed on some of the people at the graduation ceremony. Tears were shed, as everyone knew they’d gained 15 troopers, but lost three in the last few years. Taylor Thyfault was hit and killed by a driver during a high-speed chase in 2015. Jaimie Jursevics was hit and killed during a crash investigation in November of that year, and Cody Donahue was hit almost exactly a year later. “I feel strong about my choice to become a Colorado State Trooper, knowing the risks. That’s something you do a long time ago, when you sign up, and decide this is the path you’re going to go down,” Donahue said, adding that the loss reinforces her duty to serve. The ceremony was held in Golden. Troopers were sent to their new offices once it ended.
Tennessee Highway Patrol does mannequin challenge, asks for donations for wildfire victims
The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) was challenged by the Virginia State Police to take part in the mannequin challenge. The THP is also teaming up with the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to donate food and supplies to those affected by the devastating wildfires. Acceding to a press release, officials hope the mannequin challenge will bring attention to the resources needed by the fire victims in East Tennessee. The collection period will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 6, through Tuesday, Dec. 20. Members of the THP will deliver the collected items to the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries. Suggested items are blankets, bottled water, canned food, non-perishable food, factory-sealed food items, and pet food. “Kindness is a gift that we all can share with one another,” said Colonel Tracy Trott. “I am personally requesting that you please show your neighbors in Gatlinburg that you care about them. This is a catastrophic event that affects all Tennesseans.” The public can drop off items at any of the eight THP District Headquarters statewide. You can visit the website for a list of the district locations. Click here for a list of locations.
State Troopers Rescue Unconscious Driver From Burning Car
State police troopers rescued an unconscious driver from a burning car on I-91 early Friday morning, police said. About 3:08 a.m., troopers from Troop H in Hartford responded to a crash in which a vehicle rolled over on I-91 north at exit 29A. The vehicle, a Nissan Altima, was also reported to be on fire, state police said. A trooper working at a nearby highway construction job responded and found the car on its roof and on fire, with the driver trapped inside, state police said. Working with another trooper, he was able to extinguish the fire, and the unconscious driver was eventually removed from the car and taken to Hartford Hospital. The driver did not suffer any serious injuries, state police said. None of the troopers were injured, state police said.
Michigan State Police participate in trendy Mannequin Challenge
You've probably caught wind of the mannequin challenge issued by the Virginin State Police going around. We have a great one to share with you done by the Michigan State Police. The impressive video goes on for about 2 and a half minutes. The inspiration behind it is taking a stand against hunger in our community. Their ongoing donation collection is featured throughout.
The Georgia Department of Public Safety is participating in the 2016 Toys for Tots campaign. This is the eighth year state troopers and officers with Capitol Police and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division have joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve to collect toys for less fortunate children during the holiday season. Last year, the agency collected approximately 42,587 toys and $89,979 in monetary donations for Toys for Tots or similar charities. Collection boxes have been placed at DPS locations across the state. Donated toys should be new and unwrapped, and may be dropped off at Georgia State Patrol posts between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Additional collection sites are in the lobby at the Georgia Department of Public Safety Headquarters at 959 East Confederate Avenue in Atlanta and the Capitol Police Services office at 180 Central Avenue near the Georgia State Capitol. All donations will stay in the county in which the donation was received, allowing donations to benefit children in the local community. “The Department is honored to continue our tradition of partnering with the Marine Corps and Toys for Tots," Colonel Mark McDonough, commissioner for the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said. "Helping children and families in need have a safe and happy holiday is just another way for us to give back to the community." Additionally, he said child safety seat checks are being incorporated into toy collection drives on certain days in the local communities. For a complete list of Georgia State Patrol posts and addresses, visit the Georgia Department of Public Safety website.