State Troopers Collecting Toys for Tots Donations

Georgia toys for tots

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.

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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.

 

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Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers evacuate people trapped in fire

THP Fires

 

These pictures were taken in an area of Gatlinburg, TN. where the flames prevented emergency vehicles from entering.  Troopers walked into these areas that were surrounded by fire to evacuate those who were trapped.  As you see a trooper carried an injured person out to safety. Please be safe.

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New Jersey State Police Trooper killed in line of duty

 NJSP Fallen Trooper

 

Trooper Frankie Williams was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a vehicle on Route 55, near milepost 22, in Millville.  He was responding to a call for service when the other vehicle crossed the grass median of the highway and collided with his patrol car.  He was flown to Cooper University Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  The subject in the vehicle that struck his patrol car was also killed.  Trooper Williams had served with the New Jersey State Police for only 11 months.

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Michigan State Trooper delivers baby on side of road

Michigan trooper delivers baby girl

 

A State Trooper and his intern helped deliver a baby girl on the side of the road.  The baby was born on Spruce Avenue south of M-82 in Newaygo County on Sunday.  Trooper Owen McGuigan was on patrol with a college student interested in law enforcement when they were dispatched to look for a Jeep that was on the side of the road.  State police were told by Central Dispatch that an occupant in the Jeep was having a medical emergency, but due to a language barrier, Dispatch did not know what the emergency was.  Within minutes, Trooper McGuigan was in the area and found the vehicle on the shoulder of the road.  Trooper McGuigan quickly learned that the passenger, a 41-year-old Grant woman, was in labor.  Things escalated quickly.  We're told eight minutes after the initial dispatch call, Trooper McGuigan was holding a newborn baby in his hands.  Trooper McGuigan barely had time to call for an ambulance and put his gloves on when a healthy baby girl was delivered on the side of the road.  Trooper McGuigan and his intern were able to deliver the baby and keep her and the mother warm until EMS arrived.  The mother and baby were then transported to Spectrum Health Gerber Hospital in Fremont.  Troopers were assisted at the scene by Life EMS and Newaygo First Responders.

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