El Paso boy united with service dog and former Vermont state trooper who changed his life

El Paso service dog

An El Paso boy was united with a friend that will change his life forever.  It’s a story about a boy finding his best friend, a mother looking for hope, and a man with a dog across the country wanting to change a life.  And this story all started with a laugh.  Tristan Siller is a five-year-old boy who fell in love with a dog named Max.  Max is a former K-9 Unit dog for the Vermont state troopers.  “The first time we saw a max video was when Tristan was in the hospital,” said Monica Siller, Tristan’s mother.  Siller said her son suffers from a condition.  “He was supposed to be admitted into a hospital to start a diet, but he was admitted because he had a twenty-minute seizure,” Siller said.  During Tristan’s time in the hospital, his mother said he found comfort from Max the dog.  “We were on Facebook and that video showed up, and I showed it to Tristan,” Siller said.   “Once I showed him, it was like a complete change.  He went from being sad and upset to this super happy laughing baby.”  Max’s owner, Nick Arlington is a former Vermont state trooper.  He recorded a video of Max chasing water from a hose and posted it on Max’s Facebook page.  Siller recorded her son laughing at the video of Max, and then sent it to Arlington.  “She told me he has autism with seizures, and I ended up asking her if he had a service dog or not,” Arlington said.  Arlington and Max helped Siller raise $10,000 in order for Tristan to get his own service dog to help with his seizures.  Siller recently drove to Colorado Springs to get her son’s service Dog, Mooshu.  Mooshu is a new friend for Tristan, and their relationship is a start to a new life.  “Mooshu is a very good protector,” Siller said.  “As soon as he sees Tristan on the floor Mooshu runs to see if he’s okay.  Tristan calms down much faster now that Mooshu is around.”  But that isn’t the only person who is around.  “I never actually met Monica or Tristan in real life,” Arlington said.  “I figured that now that I live in Florida, it’s only a 24-hour drive to El Paso.”  Arlington came to El Paso to see Tristan and Mooshu together for the first time.  “It’s so awesome that he’s here,” Siller said.  “We get to actually meet the person who potentially saved my son’s life.”  “Just to see the happiness that Mooshu brings to Tristan is incredible,” Arlington said. “That’s what it’s about.”  Siller said she couldn’t be more grateful for all the help Arlington provided.  As for Arlington, he is retired from the Vermont state police along with his dog Max.  They are both living in Florida.  “Max is doing well,” Arlington said.  “He’s enjoying the retirement life by gaining 20 pounds.”

3/21/17

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Three State Troopers injured in pursuit

KSP troopers injured

Three Kentucky State Troopers were injured in a pursuit in Harlan County on Friday, including one who was pinned between a guardrail and the pursuit pickup truck, according to KSP.  Troopers and bystanders worked together to free Trooper Kenny Abner from being trapped by the pursuit vehicle. KSP Sergeant Jay Perkins was injured trying to free Trooper Abner, according to State Police.  Trooper Abner was taken by ambulance to Harlan ARH by ambulance.  Sergeant Perkins and Trooper Andy Soltess, who was hit by the pursuit vehicle, were taken to Harlan ARH by car, according to investigators.  All three Troopers sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to State Police.  Investigators say it all began around 2:48 p.m. when State Police received a call from Harlan ARH Psychiatric Center stating that a woman had walked off from their facility wearing a brown shirt and blue jeans.  While Troopers were looking for the woman, another call came in at 2:53 p.m. from Cumberland Valley Engineering, reporting a white Chevrolet pickup truck had been stolen from behind their business by a woman matching the description of the woman Troopers were looking for.  Trooper Jared Boggs, Trooper Kenny Abner and Trooper Andy Soltess spotted the pickup on US 421 and tried to pull it over, according to KSP.  Investigators say the woman driving the pickup refused to stop and led Troopers on a low-speed pursuit for approximately 8-miles, according to State Police.  The pursuit ended on Black Bottom Road in the Loyall community of Harlan County, according to investigators.  As Troopers were trying to negotiate with the pickup truck’s driver, 30-year old Rhonda Johnson, of Loyall, hit the driver’s side of Trooper Boggs’ vehicle, according to investigators.  The pickup then dropped off the road, pinning Trooper Abner between the guardrail and the truck.  Trooper Soltess was also hit by the pickup, according to State Police.  Once Johnson was taken into custody, she was returned to Harlan ARH, according to KSP.  She is charged with three counts of attempted murder (Police Officer), theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of criminal mischief 1st degree, fleeing and evading police 1st degree (motor vehicle), and operating on a suspended license, according to investigators.  She was eventually lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center, according to State Police.

3/20/17

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Florida Highway Patrol trooper critically injured in Miami-Dade crash

FHP Trooper Rosario critically injured

A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper was critically injured on Friday while performing speed enforcement duties in Miami-Dade county.  Trooper Carlos Rosario, 40, was watching for speeders along with two other troopers at 9:30 a.m. when the driver of a 2014 Chevrolet HHR SUV lost control of his vehicle for unknown reasons and struck Rosario and two parked patrol cars.  Rosario was outside of his vehicle at the time of the accident.  Trooper Rosario received severe injuries and was flown by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to Jackson Ryder Trauma Center. He is in critical condition.  The driver and passenger of the SUV received minor injuries and were cleared at the scene by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.  An investigation into the crash is pending.

3/20/17

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Georgia state trooper finds 3 abandoned puppies and then adopts them

GSP Puppies

A Georgia State Patrol trooper took three canine vagrants into custody — and then he and a few of his colleagues adopted the abandoned puppies as their own.  The Georgia Department of Public Safety posted on its Facebook page Tuesday that trooper Jordan Ennis found three puppies while patrolling a southwest Atlanta subdivision on Monday.  He was driving in the abandoned subdivision known as a dumping site for stolen cars when he spotted the puppies in a briar patch.  The agency says Ennis and his police dog, Tek, brought the puppies into headquarters.  They were promptly adopted by Ennis and three members of the headquarters staff.  The agency says Ennis suspected no one was coming for the puppies, prompting the adoption.  The puppies are a mix of unknown breeds.

3/17/17

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National Guard, State Police and PennDOT escort infant in need of heart surgery

PSP baby escort

A 23-month-old boy in need of emergency heart surgery was driven 88 miles by ambulance through Tuesday’s snowstorm to Geisinger Medical Center.  Plow trucks, state police vehicles and the Pennsylvania National Guard led the way in an emergency escort across Interstate 80.  There’s no word yet on the boy’s condition.  “At approximately 9:30 a.m. today Lehigh Valley Health Network Pocono made a request to the PennDOT Monroe County Maintenance office for a plow truck escort for an ambulance to transport a 23-month-old child from their facility in Stroudsburg to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for an emergency heart surgery,” said Sean Brown, press officer, PennDOT District 5.  The convoy left LVHN Pocono at approximately 10:15 a.m., according to Brown.  Two plow trucks led the ambulance, joined by a state police sport utility vehicle and two National Guard Humvees.  Cpl. Adam Reed, communications director for the Pennsylvania State Police, said the convoy reached Geisinger’s Danville campus about 2:40 p.m.  Roads were snowy and slick as Tuesday's storm dumped snow nearing 20 inches in parts of Eastern and Central Pennsylvania.  Officials didn’t say how fast the vehicles were able to travel or if any stops had to be made along the way.  “They got there safely and as conditions permitted, which was the most important thing,” Reed said.  “We don't have any updates right now on this story, as patient privacy is a priority,” said Joseph Stender, Geisinger communications officer.  Gov. Tom Wolf spoke about the escort during a live address about the snowstorm Tuesday afternoon.  “The child went to the hospital in East Stroudsburg.  It was determined he needed a transplant and had to go back to Danville to Geisinger to get it,” Wolf said.  “PennDOT led the way with a plow train.  State police went with the group to make sure they were safe.  The National Guard followed to make sure if anything happened they could help.  Local emergency responders and medical practitioners made sure the baby was safe while they made the trip,” Wolf said.  “We’ve done what we can at the commonwealth and we wish the best of luck to doctors at Geisinger for their life-saving work,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richard during the press conference.

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