Tennessee Highway Patrol does mannequin challenge, asks for donations for wildfire victims
The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) was challenged by the Virginia State Police to take part in the mannequin challenge. The THP is also teaming up with the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to donate food and supplies to those affected by the devastating wildfires. Acceding to a press release, officials hope the mannequin challenge will bring attention to the resources needed by the fire victims in East Tennessee. The collection period will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 6, through Tuesday, Dec. 20. Members of the THP will deliver the collected items to the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries. Suggested items are blankets, bottled water, canned food, non-perishable food, factory-sealed food items, and pet food. “Kindness is a gift that we all can share with one another,” said Colonel Tracy Trott. “I am personally requesting that you please show your neighbors in Gatlinburg that you care about them. This is a catastrophic event that affects all Tennesseans.” The public can drop off items at any of the eight THP District Headquarters statewide. You can visit the website for a list of the district locations. Click here for a list of locations.
State Troopers Rescue Unconscious Driver From Burning Car
State police troopers rescued an unconscious driver from a burning car on I-91 early Friday morning, police said. About 3:08 a.m., troopers from Troop H in Hartford responded to a crash in which a vehicle rolled over on I-91 north at exit 29A. The vehicle, a Nissan Altima, was also reported to be on fire, state police said. A trooper working at a nearby highway construction job responded and found the car on its roof and on fire, with the driver trapped inside, state police said. Working with another trooper, he was able to extinguish the fire, and the unconscious driver was eventually removed from the car and taken to Hartford Hospital. The driver did not suffer any serious injuries, state police said. None of the troopers were injured, state police said.
Michigan State Police participate in trendy Mannequin Challenge
You've probably caught wind of the mannequin challenge issued by the Virginin State Police going around. We have a great one to share with you done by the Michigan State Police. The impressive video goes on for about 2 and a half minutes. The inspiration behind it is taking a stand against hunger in our community. Their ongoing donation collection is featured throughout.
The Georgia Department of Public Safety is participating in the 2016 Toys for Tots campaign. This is the eighth year state troopers and officers with Capitol Police and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division have joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve to collect toys for less fortunate children during the holiday season. Last year, the agency collected approximately 42,587 toys and $89,979 in monetary donations for Toys for Tots or similar charities. Collection boxes have been placed at DPS locations across the state. Donated toys should be new and unwrapped, and may be dropped off at Georgia State Patrol posts between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Additional collection sites are in the lobby at the Georgia Department of Public Safety Headquarters at 959 East Confederate Avenue in Atlanta and the Capitol Police Services office at 180 Central Avenue near the Georgia State Capitol. All donations will stay in the county in which the donation was received, allowing donations to benefit children in the local community. “The Department is honored to continue our tradition of partnering with the Marine Corps and Toys for Tots," Colonel Mark McDonough, commissioner for the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said. "Helping children and families in need have a safe and happy holiday is just another way for us to give back to the community." Additionally, he said child safety seat checks are being incorporated into toy collection drives on certain days in the local communities. For a complete list of Georgia State Patrol posts and addresses, visit the Georgia Department of Public Safety website.
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.