North Carolina troopers receive lifesaving trauma kits
The North Carolina Highway Patrol and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have teamed up in the hope of preventing deaths due to blood loss. “Any time we have an active shooting situation, which seems to be occurring every day across the U.S., we go to the fight as they say,” said Lt. Jeff Gordon of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Troopers are often the first responders to scenes involving traumatic injury, such as gunshot or stab wounds. Of the 1,400 or so troopers in North Carolina, about 100 of them are certified EMTs. However, they are often without the equipment needed to help trauma victims. Doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center recognized the issue, and began designing Individual Patrol Officer Kits, or IPOKs, with troopers in mind, even before the shooting incidents in Orlando and Dallas. “However, with those events happening, it gave us more credence and pushed us to make certain to be able to pull this project off,” said Physician Assistant Jeff Hinshaw of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The IPOKs contain a tourniquet, gloves, emergency trauma dressing, gauze and a vent compact chest seal. “These particular devices, the tourniquets, the chest seals and the gauze can make a huge difference when it comes to saving somebody’s life,” Hinshaw said. “The very first patient that I took care of who died from injuries died from the lack of a device like this,” added Dr. Wayne Meredith, also of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Two-hundred of the kits will be distributed amongst the troopers. One-hundred of the kits will be given to the troopers who are EMS trained, with the remainder to be used as replacements. Not only will the kits be used on civilians, but also the troopers themselves should they be injured. Troopers say that one law enforcement officer is killed every 61 hours in the United States. They added that two-thirds of the officers who die in the line of duty lose their lives due to a loss of blood.
Louisiana State Police set up hotline for cars towed on I-12
Louisiana State Police have set up a hotline for people trying to get information on how to reclaim their cars that were towed after becoming stranded on I-12. Due to the recent severe weather and flooding in the state, numerous vehicles were left in the lanes of travel and on the shoulders of the interstate. Vehicle owners are asked to call the State Police hotline at 225-922-0444 or 225-922-0447. Drivers should be prepared with as much information about their vehicle as possible, such as their license plate number, vehicle description, etc. Those vehicles were removed in order to re-open the interstate. Additionally, vehicles that were were blocking lanes of travel were towed by many tow truck companies and safely stored. There will be no cost to drivers for the towing, according to Louisiana State Police. If drivers were charged for an I-12 tow, State Police advises that drivers keep as much documentation as possible and that the State Police Towing & Recovery section will work to resolve any issues.
Number of Lives Saved by State Troopers Using Narcan Reaches Milestone in Connecticut
In two years, Connecticut State Police Troopers, using the antidote Narcan, have saved the lives of 100 people who overdosed on opioids, announced Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman Monday. The milestone 100th save occurred Sunday morning in Woodbury. A state law enacted in 2014 gave civil and criminal liability protection to anybody who administers Narcan in good faith to an individual experiencing an overdose, and troopers have done a great job using the medication, Malloy said. “Connecticut’s state troopers are among the best in the nation, and this is proof positive that their dedication to the residents of this state is having a lasting impact,” said Gov. Malloy in a statement. “Training and equipping our state’s first responders was a common sense step in our efforts to combat the alarming, nationwide trend of heroin and prescription drug abuse. Not only are these frontline men and women saving lives, but their action is helping people begin the necessary path toward treatment and recovery, and I thank them for their service.” Added Lt. Gov. Wyman, “Giving first responders access to Narcan – and the training to use it – saves lives. This announcement makes clear just how important this strategy has been to our overall efforts to combat opioid abuse. But more importantly, it speaks to our commitment to protecting to public health and the residents who deal with addiction.” Local police departments throughout the state have also started equipping officers with Narcan, for which the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and other agencies provides training. “I am proud of our troopers. Their commitment to the safety and wellbeing of everyone who lives in Connecticut, including residents grappling with opioid addiction, is second to none,” said DESPP Commissioner Dora Schriro. “One hundred people who were in severe medical distress were given a second chance to address their addiction because of the actions of Connecticut State Troopers.”
Best Looking Cruiser Contest Results!!
Congratulations to the Georgia State Patrol, this year's winner of AAST's Best Looking Trooper Cruiser Contest. When all of the "likes' were counted at 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, August 15, 2016, Georgia State Patrol had collected 18,174 likes, with West Virginia State Police close behind with 17,461.
This year's contest received more positive attention than any previous contest, including more than 153,000 votes cast for a favorite cruiser and over 13,000 post shares, reaching more than 1.75 million people with news of this contest.
We would like to extend warm thanks to all who participated and made this contest a success, from submitting the official agency photos to simply visiting our Facebook post and clicking "like". The many positive comments that came in for law enforcement officers over the contest's ten day period were wonderful and showed how much communities across America love and support their law enforcement officers.
We will soon begin working on our "2017 America's Best Looking Trooper Cruisers Calendar", using the photos of the 13 cruisers that received the most overall votes during the contest period (see list of top 13 cruisers below). Calendars will be available for purchase in October with delivery expected well ahead of the holiday season. These calendars make for a great and inexpensive holiday gift. 100% of the net proceeds of the calendar sales will be placed in AAST's Foundation, an IRS registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which provides scholarships to the dependent children of AAST member troopers. Since 1989, AAST has awarded more than $2.5 million in scholarships to dependent children of troopers.
Top 13 Cruisers:
Georgia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Alabama, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Michigan