State trooper saves woman from burning home

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An off-duty Indiana State Trooper is being credited for saving the life of a woman trapped inside a burning Muncie home.  Trooper Jacob Ridgeway was driving in his marked state police car in the city Wednesday night.  As he passed a home in the 1200 block of Cowing Drive, he saw white smoke coming from the back of the residence.  Then, he noticed the smoke go from white to black in his rear view mirror.  Police say Ridgeway backed up in front of the house and got out off his vehicle.  When he went up the driveway, he told police he could see a vehicle engulfed in flames under a carport.  The homeowner, Jack Mitchener, was standing outside the carport.  Ridgeway was able to get him away from the fire but couldn’t get an information because Mitchener appeared to be in shock.  A neighbor told the trooper Mitchener’s wife, Virginia, was still inside.  Meanwhile, the fire was spreading to the back of the home.  Ridgeway was able to get inside through a side patio door.  He found Mrs. Mitchener sitting in a chair with her walker nearby.  Smoke was beginning to fill the home as he helped her outside.  Once everyone was safe, the trooper radioed Indiana State Police Dispatch to bring fire units.  Paramedics also responded and evaluated everyone at the scene. No one was hurt.  Ridgeway is a one year member of the State Police and is assigned to the Pendleton District.  State Police said the incident is a reminder that a trooper is always on duty and shows the value of troopers living in the communities where they serve.

3/28/17

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How 'It's Always Sunny' paid tribute to a fallen New Jersey trooper

NJSP Always Sunny

If you blink, you just might miss it.  "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" paid a subtle tribute to a fallen New Jersey trooper in a recent episode – a move that the New Jersey State Police called "well played" in a Facebook post on Friday.  In "A Cricket's Tale," episode nine of the 12th season of the show that aired March 1, there's a photo of Trooper Sean Cullen placed in Paddy's Pub.  Cullen, who was born in Dublin, Ireland and came to the U.S. when he was three years old, died after he was struck by a vehicle on I-295 in West Deptford Township last March while responding to a car fire.  He was 31.  State police were a little more than curious to find how the photo ended up in the show.  After a bit of investigative work, they found that "It's Always Sunny" contacted Cullen's family to get their permission.  Some family members were cast as extras for the episode, too, according to the New Jersey State Police's Facebook post.  "Well, played 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,'" they said in the post. "Well played."

3/28/17

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Friday, 85 new troopers officially joined the Ohio State Highway Patrol

Ohio state patrol March graduation

The Patrol’s 161st Academy Class graduated today after 23 weeks of intense training. The keynote address was provided by the Governor of Ohio, John Kasich.  Additional remarks were provided by Director John Born, Ohio Department of Public Safety, Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol Superintendent and Captain Arthur J. Combest, Academy Commandant.  The Oath of Office was issued by Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth Appellate District, Ohio Court of Appeals.  Courses completed by the 161st class included crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, self-defense, and emergency vehicle operations.  Tpr. Joshua E. Jones of Tipp City, Ohio, was selected as class speaker and thanked the Academy and cadet family members for being supportive during their training.  Each of the graduates will report to their posts on Monday, March 27, 2017.  The graduates’ first 60 working days will be a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran officer. The new graduates are assigned to 24 of the Patrol’s 58 posts.

3/27/17

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Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Class 92 Commissioned

Wyoming 92nd recruit class

It takes a special person to become a Wyoming State Trooper.  They have to be willing to give much more then they will ever get back.  They have to be committed to serve and protect all people in Wyoming with courtesy, professionalism and integrity.  Our newest troopers are up to the challenge.  The Trooper Basic Academy has concluded and the members of the academy recently  commissioned (March 23rd) where they took their oaths of office and transitioned from their "Recruit" badges to their official badges in front of family and friends.  The ceremony marked the 92nd graduated Wyoming Highway Patrol Academy Class.  These troopers recently completed an intensive training period of instruction.  During the Trooper Basic Academy, they were instructed in a variety of classes including firearms, commercial carrier training, physical training, Radar/LIDAR use, emergency vehicle operation, custody and control, crash investigation and others.

3/27/17

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Fellow officers keep badly injured Trooper's promise to son

FHP officers attend basketball game

Before Friday's horrific accident on the Dolphin Expressway, Trooper Carlos Rosario-Flores had planned to watch his son play in an all-star basketball game on Sunday.  The 12-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol was instead in a hospital room at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center hooked up to machines and recovering from multiple surgeries.  But Joshua wouldn't be alone on this day when he took the court just a few blocks away from the hospital at the Slam Arena.  Joshua was surrounded by the only people who truly understood what a life of service can take from a family.  "Today we stood proud with #FHP as we supported Trooper Rosario-Flores' son at his basketball game," Miami police posted on social media.  Law enforcement officers filled an entire section of the bleachers — not just five or six officers, but at least 39, and not just from Florida Highway Patrol.  Miami officers came as did men and women from other agencies — officers standing shoulder to shoulder to help the badly injured trooper keep a promise to his son.  Such a simple gesture, but it sent a clear message that the Miami trooper's family was not alone.

3/24/17

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