New Jersey State Trooper Gives Two Students a ride to prom

trooper prom ridejpg d91395241441e4b3Two Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Sciences students arrived in style at their prom Friday night. No, it wasn't a stretch limo or party bus. Rather, the two 17-year-old students, Edward Fengya and Reno D'Agostini, were escorted to the school's prom in a New Jersey State Police cruiser. That's because the car they were in, a 2003 Lincoln Town Car, became disabled after it crashed into a utility pole off the Garden State Parkway. Fengya had borrowed the car from his mother. And as the two headed to the prom, traveling southbound on the Parkway, the vehicle careened off the side of the highway and struck a utility pole shortly before 5:30 p.m., State Police said in a Facebook post. State Police Troopers Chris Jones and Charles Garrison responded to the crash. The two boys weren't injured but time was ticking away to the start of the prom. With little convincing, Fengya and D'Agostini hopped into Jones' State Police patrol cruiser, and off to the yacht club on Long Beach Island they went. When they arrived at the venue, Fengya and D'Agostini exited the patrol car and received a paparazzi-like welcoming from their fellow students. Jones walked up to the chaperon with the two students and said, "Hey, do these two belong to you?" according to the State Police post. After a handshake, Jones left and the two students enjoyed the prom. "We all hope that our children have good memories of their prom," State Police said. "We hope that they get there safe, and that they come home safe."

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Massachusetts State Trooper Shares a meal with a homeless woman

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We were shown this picture from a third-party who had not taken the photo, nor knew anything about it, other than they thought it was taken in Fall River. After a little digging, we were able to locate the citizen who had taken the photo. The citizen said the well-dressed Trooper in a suit appeared to be having lunch with a panhandler on Davol Street in Fall River. The citizen was struck by what he saw, snapped the photo, and posted it to a Facebook group in Fall River, captioned “And they say chivalry is dead…….Much respect.” We are grateful to that person, who thought to take the photo and share it.

After a little more digging, we found out the trooper is Luke Bonin, who is assigned to the State Police Dartmouth Barracks. After reaching out to Trooper Bonin, he was a bit surprised that someone had taken his photo, stating that he wasn’t seeking or expecting any publicity for it. But we pressed him, and he very reluctantly told us how he ended up sitting on his cruiser’s bumper that day sharing lunch with a stranger.

Trooper Bonin had just left court when he drove by the woman, who appeared down on her luck. She was holding a sign and asking for help from anyone who would pay attention. Trooper Bonin continued to drive on – directly to a local establishment, where he ordered two meals. He returned to the woman, pulled up, and exited his cruiser. Thinking he was there to remove her from the side of the road, she immediately stated to him that she would leave, that she knew she shouldn’t be there with her sign. But Trooper Bonin told her, “I’m not here to kick you out.” He then extended the two meals and told her to pick one.

They then sat, shared a meal, and a conversation.

Yes, Trooper Bonin, we know you do not want or expect publicity. We know you didn’t want to be noticed, but you were, and the job is proud of you. We commend you for your selfless act, and for “doing the right thing” for someone less fortunate than most people.

We have extraordinary troopers on the Massachusetts State Police who conduct themselves honorably, and perform selfless acts, every day. Most times, it goes unnoticed. But not this day.

 

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Pennsylvania State Trooper Rescued a Woman from a House Fire

Chet Bell with the Pennsylvania State Police Greensburg barracks says he would do it all over again. “I took an oath as a Pennsylvania State trooper to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth and it’s something everyday. I’m always working 24/7, it’s just second hand,” Bell said. Bell lives on Thornton Avenue in Hempfield Township, a few doors down from the home where the fire happened around 11:30 Saturday morning.  He was eating lunch before his shift when he heard about the fire on the scanner, then jumped into action. “I had a fire extinguisher with me and I knocked down the fire until the fire department could get there and put some water on it,” Bell said. When he got inside, he found a woman in her 80s in a wheelchair in the kitchen. “When I kicked in the door, the smoke was banked down five to six feet off the ceiling and I could hear fire in house and just yelled to see where she was in the kitchen,” Bell said. Bell managed to pull her out the back door. It’s unclear if a toaster sparked the fire or something the woman sat next to it. “It was a situation that could have been out of control in seconds and fortunately I was in the right place at the right time,” Bell said. Volunteer firefighters with Hempfield Towship were there within minutes after Bell. “Once the fire started, you have minutes to get out of the room. It fills up with smoke rather fast especially a source of oxygen,” Fire Chief with Hempfield VFD No. 2 Tom Kline said. Fortunately, the woman was okay when paramedics checked her over, and so was her cat. “She’s very lucky Chet was there within seconds to get her out,” Kline said. “It’s just nice being able to help someone out when they need help that’s all. Especially in your own neighborhood,” Bell said. The fire chief says the woman is staying with family members until an electrical inspection is done and her kitchen is remodeled.Line

Massachusetts State Police Show up to Support a 3 year old Girl

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A 3-year-old girl who was bullied for dressing up as a Massachusetts State Police officer at school got some support from state troopers who wanted her to know that she can be anything she wants, including a police officer. When Cosette dressed up as a “Massachusetts Police K-9 Girl” for her library group’s gathering, some of her classmates singled her out for “not being as cool as them,” according to a State Police Facebook post. Many of the other girls were dressed as Disney princesses, police said. Cosette was clad in all black with a “Police” shirt and a Massachusetts State Police hat, and was holding a fluffy stuffed dog. The girl was heartbroken, police said. So two troopers made a special trip to the school to teach the class that girls can be whatever they want. Cosette’s classmates were receptive, police said. “Long discussions about Ninja Turtles, Captain America and their important craft projects followed,” the post said.

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6 year old Runs for Family of Fallen Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer

Dermyer A Gloucester 6-year-old had an idea and he is running with it — literally. Braxton Lee says the news of State Trooper Chad Dermyer’s death hit his heart so hard, that he’s hoping to run more than 27 miles to raise donations for the fallen Trooper’s family. Lee plans to run nine 5K races for Trooper Dermyer, 37, who was fatally shot in March at a Richmond bus station during a VSP training exercise. He leaves behind a wife and two kids in Gloucester County. Lee wrote a letter to the Virginia State Police asking if he could donate money to the family of the fallen Trooper. They said, “OK.” “I will run a marathon for his family,” said Lee. “I feel very sad for them.” Some could call him a pocket-sized runner. He stands ‘tall’ at 3 foot 5 inches and he weighs 45 pounds. However, Braxton is a first grader who has crossed more finish lines than many adults. “I’m running for someone who got shot,” said Lee. “I think that nobody shouldn’t have done that. I’ve seen pictures of him.” He says the photos are pictures of a hero. Trooper Chad Dermyer is a man who Lee has never met, but amazingly enough, he’s a stranger who is pushing him to go the extra mile… or 27 miles. Lee is going the distance to make sure the Dermyer family gets the happiness he says they deserve. “Somebody shot a policeman and his kids probably miss him. I think that wasn’t very nice,” said Lee. Lee already has a few medals under his belt, but the medals are not what he is after in all of this. He says the family of Trooper Dermyer is the sole thing that is pushing him toward more finish lines. “I am running in honor and memory of trooper Chad Dermyer,” said Lee. “I think they are very sad right now [and] I think he should still be there for his family.” His mother, Mary Anne Lee, says she is proud of her son. “What’s driving him is that he couldn’t imagine being without his father and he can’t imagine what these kids are going through and that’s what is really motivating him,” said Lee. Lee came about the idea when he was eating at Chik-fil-A with his family. His mother says he saw a donation jar for Trooper Dermyer’s family, asked about it and from that moment on, he decided he was going to donate money in his honor. Lee may have little sneakers, size 12 to be precise, but he has a big goal in mind and he is determined. In a letter to Virginia State Police he writes: “I will run in his memory. Please donate money for his family. Love, Braxton Lee. Six-years-old.” Donations can be sent to: VSPA Emergency Relief Fund, 6944 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225. Write: Trooper Dermyer in the memo line.

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