Good Samaritan helps Florida Trooper
For the second time this month, a good Samaritan stopped to help a law enforcement officer who needed assistance on I-75. This week, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a speeding car. Soon after, the men became hostile and resisted arrest. The trooper was outnumbered - until a passing retired police officer stopped to help. Jeffery Duclos, a veteran and former Rhode Island police officer, said when he saw the trooper wrestling a man on the ground - alone - his training and 30 years of law enforcement work kicked in. "I saw the trooper on the ground in a confrontation with the person," Duclos said. He didn't hesitate to stop his car on busy I-75 in Collier County. "I think more people ought to be prepared to help," he said. The trooper had pulled over Richard Lazo Torres and Isaac Ruiz Wilson because Lazo Torres was driving more than 100 mph. The trooper said when they got to the side of the road, Lazo Torres switched places with Wilson to try and hide the fact he was driving because he has a suspended license. "I think the kid saw me coming, so he basically surrendered," Duclos said. He knows it could have been worse, that the trooper may not have made it home to his family that night. "Other people are in the car. If they come out, he's got a major problem." It's the second time a passerby has helped a law enforcement officer on the interstate this month. Two weeks ago, an unidentified man shot and killed Edward Strother, who was attacking a Lee County sheriff's deputy. "This individual who had a carry permit was a true hero," Duclo said of that good Samaritan. "He got out of the car; he jeopardized his safety." The Lee County Sheriff's Office has not released that man's name because he wishes to be anonymous. Lazo Torres and Wilson were in a rental car that was overdue for return. Both were arrested for switching drivers and resisting arrest. Duclos, who used to train police officers, said the trooper he aided was a complete professional.
Minnesota State Patrol trooper locates missing teenager
A trooper paying attention to his Facebook page helped locate a missing autistic teenager from Woodbury earlier this month. The trooper saw a Facebook post about the teen at the beginning of his shift on Nov. 2. That same trooper was dispatched a few hours later to a pedestrian call on Interstate 494 in Eagan. Upon arrival, he immediately believed he found the teen. After a few questions, the trooper confirmed his suspicions. Through his friend who made the Facebook post, the trooper was able to get the teen’s address and take him home.
Massachusetts State Police honor a fallen trooper and his family
State Police honored a fallen trooper and his family Thursday before the Marlborough - Hudson Thanksgiving Day Game. "It's still raw. It's still something I'm struggling with,” said Trooper Luis DeJesus. Trooper Thomas Clardy’s wife and six children, who all live in Hudson, stood together, as State Police troopers marched on the field to honor a man who impacted so many. “It tells you something about someone when you have somebody that Tom had arrested and they come out to the barracks to pay their respects,” said DeJesus. Trooper Clardy was killed last March when he was hit and killed on the Mass Pike during a traffic stop. Thanksgiving was Clardy's favorite holiday, and his family says he always found a way to take the day off and be with them. "I thought of my husband. It was snowing so I thought that was maybe a sign he was looking down. Wishing he was here to see the support from everybody,” said Reisa Clardy, Thomas Clardy’s wife. Clardy's 4-year-old son Noah was in charge of the coin toss. Lt. Jim Murphy came up with the idea to do the tribute and talked to both teams before Thursday’s game. "We are one family and we go by that we will take care of each other during all times. A tragic event like this they need us,” he said. The Clardy family says the tribute is a great reminder that the community has not forgotten about them.
In memory of Colorado State Patrol Trooper Cody Donahue
Trooper Cody Donahue was struck and killed by a commercial vehicle on northbound I-25, at Tomah Road, near Castle Rock. He was investigating a minor traffic crash when the commercial vehicle struck him while he was outside of his patrol car with another trooper. He was wearing a reflective vest at the time he was struck. Trooper Donahue had served with the Colorado State Patrol for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two young children.