Nine new four-legged troopers graduate

 

Nine new four-legged troopers with a nose for explosives have been welcomed to the Washington State Patrol. According to the State Patrol’s blog, Moss, Ralph, Maxo, Buster, Evie, Frankie, Mitchell, Vilma and Rex graduated from the 20th Explosive Detection Canine Handler Course on Sept. 2. Chief John Batiste himself presented them with their official Washington State Patrol K9 badges. Also honored were Master Trainer Steve Gardner and Trooper Matt Chatterton, who is Evie’s handler, who were presented with 20-year service pins. Kate Park was given a certificate of appreciation for her dedication to the Homeland Security Division.

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Massachusetts State Trooper gives Great Dane a lift after owner's crash

 

Great Dane

A woman is praising a Massachusetts State Police trooper who she says went above and beyond to take care of her and her dog following a crash.  She said the accident would have been routine if she didn’t have her large Great Dane dog in the back seat.  Trooper Sullivan of the Newbury barracks, as State Police put it, “assisted in a Great (Dane) way.”  The woman said Cowboy would have “lost his mind” if he had to stay in her car while it was towed.  Great Danes are by nature sensitive dogs.  So Trooper Sullivan let the dog climb into his cruiser. The trooper dropped the woman and her Great Dane off where she needed to meet her husband to get a ride.  “Thank you!!! A million times over!!” the woman wrote to police.

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2017 America's Best Looking Cruiser Calendars

 

2017 Best Cruisers

 

REMINDER:  2017 America's Best Looking Trooper Cruiser Calendars are available for early ordering (read more at www.statetroopers.org).  The cost is $10.00 which includes shipping.

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CHP Officer's act of kindness helps man who lost wallet

 

CA Trooper

 

You've heard about acts of kindness among strangers, but here's one that breaks the mold.  The center divide of Interstate 80 is an unforgiving no-man's land populated by the broken down or the desperate.  Last Saturday night, John Badial of Vacaville fit the latter category. "All my money for the week, all the money we had was in the center divide," Badial said.  He's an auto mechanic and father of two who made the common mistake of leaving his wallet on the roof of the family car. "I went right over the bump and I happened to glance in my rear-view mirror and saw everything fall out of my wallet and hit the ground," Badial said.  California Highway Patrol Ofc. James Morrell doesn't often receive calls about people crawling around highway medians in the dark on their hands and knees.  "I thought he was broken down or ran out of gas, something like that," he said.  As Morrell soon learned those $200 meant everything to a man with a family living paycheck top paycheck. "Everything is accounted for. Every nickel gets spent, pretty much, so it was a huge loss for us," Badial said.  But there is more to this story because Morrell is second generation CHP and there was something about Badial's plight that touched him.  As he escorted him to a gas station, he noticed a cash machine nearby.  While Badial filled up his tank with gas, Morrell withdrew $60, walked over and gave it to him.  "Because that is how I was raised, my parents taught me to help everyone in any way that I'm able to do.  And that's again the reason why I got this job.  I wanted to help everybody," Morrell said.  "I was pretty thankful and got choked up about it because he doesn't know me from Adam, you know," Badial said.  They know each other, now.  Two strangers linked by bad luck and goodwill and an act of kindness on a busy highway.

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Maryland State Police troopers participate in 2016 Safety Fair to benefit the Maryland Food Bank.

 

Maryland Food Bank

 

Hundreds of Marylanders joined state troopers and their community partners at the JFK Highway Barrack's 2016 Safety Fair to benefit the Maryland Food Bank.  Almost 600 lbs. of food were collected while youngsters had a chance to see K-9 demonstrations, sit in Maryland State Police vehicles, and play a host of interactive games while enjoying the free Nathan's hot dogs.Line