Boy Celebrates His Birthday with Law Enforcement
Working in public safety can often be a thankless task, but after recent tragedies have struck law enforcement agencies across America, now more than ever is an important time to recognize their commitment to serving. Growing up as the son of a firefighter, 5-year-old Connor Marcy knows this firsthand. A family friend and his mother Rebecca contacted WMAZ about their son’s birthday party at Monkey Joe’s in Warner Robins. However, it wasn’t a normal birthday party – it was also a celebration of law enforcement. In lieu of gifts, Connor asked guests to bring a cash donation for the families of fallen Peach County deputies Daryl Smallwood and Patrick Sondron. Rebecca spoke to Peach Sheriff Terry Deese about the party, and he contacted several other local agencies and asked if they’d be guests at Connor’s party. Deputies from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Peach County Sheriff’s Office, officers from the Byron Police Department, and Georgia State Patrol troopers arrived as the guests of honor. The troopers even helped Connor out in a tug-of-war match with the rest of the children at the party. He was allowed to get into the patrol vehicles and speak over the radio to Houston County. All of this was a surprise to employees and the owner of Monkey Joe’s, who publicly announced on Facebook they’d be making a donation in his honor. In total, they raised several hundred dollars with more incoming from people who were unable to attend Connor’s birthday. His mother says they gave him several options, and it was his own decision. She even says he’d tell you he’s giving his money ‘to help with the cops who are in heaven who died from the bad guys.’ She also says that although Connor has a growth deficiency, it hasn’t stopped his huge heart from growing.
Retired North Carolina Highway Patrol Lieutenant Receives Purple Heart
A retired North Carolina Highway Patrol lieutenant received the Purple Heart award 27 years after saving himself and a fellow trooper on duty. Maurice Chilton was assisting with a car chase on May 9, 1989. The suspect pulled over on an interstate ramp, and ran off into the woods. When Chilton found him, the suspect had compromised the other trooper's gun and was attempting to shoot him. "This guy had overpowered the trooper, had taken his gun away from him, was sitting on top of him, and was attempting to shoot him in the head," said Chilton. When he saw Chilton, the suspect switched his target. He pulled the trigger and hit Chilton in the forearm. "My badge was right here [on my chest] and it hit right there about an inch from my heart, an inch over and it would have got me right in the heart, and that would have been it I guess,” said Chilton. Chilton found a way to shoot his pistol with his left hand and hit the suspect several times. Chilton recovered and spent 13 more years on active duty before retiring in 2001. The Highway Patrol will honor one trooper each year that shows courage in the line of duty.
California Highway Patrol Officer intentionally struck my motorcyclist
A motorcyclist using a shoulder lane to pass traffic on State Route 52 accelerated into a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer, striking him, officials confirmed to NBC 7 San Diego. The incident happened at approximately 3:15 p.m. Wednesday on eastbound State Route 52 at Summit near San Diego's Tierrasanta neighborhood, according to CHP officer Catano. At the time, three officers were responding to another accident when one standing on the right shoulder spotted the motorcyclist trying to pass everyone, according to officials on scene. One officer put his hands up to try and stop the motorcyclist, but instead, the motorcyclist accelerated and went straight for the officer, hitting him. Investigators believe the incident was intentional and are carrying on the investigation as assault on an officer. The suspect has been taken into custody. He is identified to be 26-year-old Christopher Ryan Warner of El Cajon. Medics were requested for one patient. An initial report showed the officer suffered minor injuries, though that could change pending a complete evaluation. Traffic on EB SR-52 came to nearly a standstill for afternoon commuters. No other information was immediately available.
Oregon State Trooper wounded on Christmas night continues to improve
Nic Cederberg, an Oregon State Police trooper injured in a Christmas night shootout, was shot 12 times in the arms and torso, his brother said this week. Jeff Cederberg posted on the family's GoFundMe account on Tuesday that his brother had given him permission to begin sharing details about the events of that night, which left two people dead and Cederberg in serious condition at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. "What many don't know is how bad it really was that night," Jeff Cederberg wrote. "Most can speculate but few know what really happened." Jeff Cederberg's comments are some of the first detailed accounts of the shooting, which investigators have been hesitant to give out, citing the pending investigation by the Washington County Major Crimes Team and the district attorney's office. Cederberg, a state trooper stationed at the OSP's work site in North Plains, was shot by 30-year-old James Tylka, a former Beaverton Police Department cadet, whom police say had killed his estranged wife Katelynn Tylka-Armand, 24, of Beaverton, outside his parents' home in King City early that evening. Cederberg was having Christmas dinner with his family when he received a call about the shooting in King City. "I'm going to see what I can do to help," Jeff Cederberg remembered his brother saying during a candlelight vigilon Jan. 2. "Nic went out and saved lives that night. He put his life on the line to protect those who couldn't do it themselves." According to Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Groth, Cederberg chased Tylka and confronted him on Southwest Gimm Lane, just outside of Sherwood. Jeff Cederberg said that the shots were fired from about a dozen feet away, during a "gun fight in a phone booth" in Sherwood. "Almost every one of his rounds, three magazine's worth, had been fired when it was all said and done," Jeff Cederberg wrote. "When the shooting stopped and all went quiet Nic knew he was in serious trouble. As he lay there for a little more than two minutes by himself bleeding, he locked in mentally and found a way to survive." Five shots were stopped by Cederberg's bulletproof vest, but seven others struck him in both arms and torso, hitting his lungs and abdomen. Two others hit his spinal canal, nearly paralyzing him. Four bullets were still lodged in his body when he arrived at OHSU that night, Jeff Cederberg said. One is still in his lower spine, which Jeff Cederberg said will likely stay there for the rest of his life. Tylka was shot and killed by officers, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Five police officers fired their weapons during the gunfight, including officers from Hillsboro, Tualatin and Sherwood police departments. All remain on administrative leave as the investigation continues. After Tylka was killed, officers from Sherwood grabbed a trauma bag from his police vehicle and began to render first aid to Cederberg. Officers used tourniquets to stop the bleeding, Groth said. Groth said that the actions of those officers "played a vital role" in Cederberg's survival. "What (Nic Cederberg had) with him were experienced officers who knew how to pack bullet wounds correctly and this ultimately save Nic's life," Jeff Cederberg wrote. "…The only reason he is still here today is someone was watching over him that night, I firmly believe it. Any one of those 12 bullets should have killed him and they didn't." Cederberg's recovery is moving along, his brother said. Cederberg is expected to be released from the hospital soon to begin physical therapy. Money continues to pour into several GoFundMe accountsset up for victims of the Christmas night shooting. Cederberg's GoFundMe account has raised more than $80,000, which Jeff Cederberg said will help his brother get through tough times ahead. "This is not a reward or bonus for doing his job that night," Jeff Cederberg wrote in a previous post earlier this week. "What this GoFundMe account is really for is to give Nic as well as his wife Hayley what they need the most and that is time. Time to heal, time to rest, time to decompress, time for Nic and Hayley to be together and breathe easy knowing that thousands of people have their back and that we will stand watch for them now."