Virginia State Police Trooper Trainees Produce "Mannequin Challenge" Video to Benefit Those in Need

 

The 55 members of the Virginia State Police Academy are taking a stand – literally- against hunger in local communities across the nation.  On Monday (Nov. 20), the 125th Basic Session took their food drive to the next level by producing a “mannequin challenge” video at the state police Academy in North Chesterfield County.  The trooper-trainees were already purchasing food to donate to local food banks and churches within the Blackstone, Va., and Metro-Richmond communities in time for Thanksgiving, when they came up with the idea to go global.  With the help of Virginia State Police Superintendent, Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, and Academy staff, the 125th Basic Session has issued a “food drive mannequin challenge” to Tennessee Highway Patrol Academy Class #1216 and Michigan State Police 131st and 132nd Trooper Recruit Classes. “Since our jobs as troopers are not only to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth, but also to be community caretakers, we decided to ‘pay it forward’ by helping our communities by providing them with all the trimmings of a full Thanksgiving meal,” said Virginia State Police 125th Basic Session President, Trooper-Trainee T.C. Fairburn.  “So with the current trend of mannequin challenges, our class thought producing our own video would be a fun and productive way to get the word out there to truly help others in need.  Hopefully this idea will go viral with state police and highway patrol academy classes, nationwide, taking the challenge and helping give back this holiday season to the very communities we will serve and protect once we graduate from our respective academies.”  This is the first time the Virginia State Police has ever produced a video “challenge.”  The VSP mannequin challenge is 2 minutes and 42 seconds long, and available on the VSP YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/6KACfdUixWk.  The 125th Basic Session began their 29-week Academy in August 2016 and graduate in March 2017.

 

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Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers evacuate people trapped in fire

THP Fires

 

These pictures were taken in an area of Gatlinburg, TN. where the flames prevented emergency vehicles from entering.  Troopers walked into these areas that were surrounded by fire to evacuate those who were trapped.  As you see a trooper carried an injured person out to safety. Please be safe.

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New Jersey State Police Trooper killed in line of duty

 NJSP Fallen Trooper

 

Trooper Frankie Williams was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a vehicle on Route 55, near milepost 22, in Millville.  He was responding to a call for service when the other vehicle crossed the grass median of the highway and collided with his patrol car.  He was flown to Cooper University Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  The subject in the vehicle that struck his patrol car was also killed.  Trooper Williams had served with the New Jersey State Police for only 11 months.

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Michigan State Trooper delivers baby on side of road

Michigan trooper delivers baby girl

 

A State Trooper and his intern helped deliver a baby girl on the side of the road.  The baby was born on Spruce Avenue south of M-82 in Newaygo County on Sunday.  Trooper Owen McGuigan was on patrol with a college student interested in law enforcement when they were dispatched to look for a Jeep that was on the side of the road.  State police were told by Central Dispatch that an occupant in the Jeep was having a medical emergency, but due to a language barrier, Dispatch did not know what the emergency was.  Within minutes, Trooper McGuigan was in the area and found the vehicle on the shoulder of the road.  Trooper McGuigan quickly learned that the passenger, a 41-year-old Grant woman, was in labor.  Things escalated quickly.  We're told eight minutes after the initial dispatch call, Trooper McGuigan was holding a newborn baby in his hands.  Trooper McGuigan barely had time to call for an ambulance and put his gloves on when a healthy baby girl was delivered on the side of the road.  Trooper McGuigan and his intern were able to deliver the baby and keep her and the mother warm until EMS arrived.  The mother and baby were then transported to Spectrum Health Gerber Hospital in Fremont.  Troopers were assisted at the scene by Life EMS and Newaygo First Responders.

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Several hundred turn out for procession, funeral of fallen Colorado State Patrol Trooper

 

Family, friends and members of the Colorado State Patrol said goodbye Friday to trooper Cody Donahue.Donahue, 34, was struck and killed by a semitruck along Interstate 25 south of Castle Rock on Nov. 25.  He was hit while investigating another accident.  He died instantly.  He is survived by his wife and two young children.  A procession began at 9:45 a.m. at the Ellis Family Services in Littleton. It traveled onto westbound C-470 from West Bowles Avenue.  The U.S. Honor Flag accompanied Donahue's body.  The procession then went down Highway 285 to the Denver First Church of the Nazarene (3800 E. Hampden Ave.).  As the procession neared South Kipling Street, more vehicles made up a massive procession.  Several drivers stopped and got out of their vehicles as the procession traveled eastbound on Hampden.  Several other people lined the streets, many with flags, to pay their respects.  Originally from North Dakota, Donahue had been with the Colorado State Patrol for 11 years.  Donahue's family issued a public statement Thursday thanking everyone for their love and support during this difficult time.  They also begged drivers to watch for emergency vehicles and patrol cars, and to slow down.

Watch video at:  http://kdvr.com/2016/12/02/procession-funeral-to-be-held-friday-for-fallen-colorado-state-patrol-trooper/#ooid=RqMGIwODE6i0lVpcU3T0HqQup33_Q2jp

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