Arizona State Trooper named national Trooper of the Year
Trooper Jeremy Barr, a 12-year veteran of the Arizona Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Division, has been recognized nationally for his lifesaving actions. The American Association of State Troopers recognized Barr’s heroic actions by naming him the 2016 national Trooper of the Year for risking his life and preventing injury to innocent citizens traveling the Arizona roadways. Barr was presented the award on Monday, July 11, 2016, at a ceremony held during the 2016 National Law Enforcement Police Exploring Conference, Northern Arizona University Skydome, Flagstaff, Arizona. On August 22, 2015, during the early morning heavy traffic period Trooper Barr responded to the call of a wrong-way-vehicle north of Phoenix on Interstate 17 at milepost 244. The call indicated a vehicle was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the two lane roadway at approximately 70 miles per hour. Interstate 17 at milepost 255 is located in a mountainous region between Phoenix and Flagstaff and there are only two lanes dedicated for southbound traffic. Due to the geographical location, the section of road has a blind curve with a rock berm bordering its western side, and a rock ledge bordering on the east side. The combined factors allow little room for maneuvering and avoiding hazards. As Trooper Barr approached milepost 255, he observed the wrong-way vehicle, a Ford F-150 pickup truck, still traveling northbound in the southbound lanes. Without hesitating, Trooper Barr continued toward the wrong-way driver with his lights and siren activated, knowingly placing himself between an active lethal threat and innocent motorists. Although his fully marked police vehicle was illuminated, the wrong-way driver continued to approach Trooper Barr. As the wrong-way vehicle came head-on toward him, Trooper Barr skillfully drove the left front corner of his Chevrolet Tahoe into the pickup trucks left front corner. The resulting impact effectively crippled both vehicles, and the velocity of the impact successfully pushed the truck into the rock ledge. Trooper Barr’s heroic actions came with a personal cost. He suffered extensive injuries including seven herniated discs in his back, fractured vertebrae, a broken neck, injuries to his shoulder and kidney. Trooper Barr’s injuries are so severe, he has not yet been able to return to active duty. Trooper Barr has not only loyally served the citizens of Arizona as a State Trooper, but also served with the Phoenix Police Department, and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Trooper Jeremy Barr risked his life to prevent injury or death to innocent citizens traveling on the Arizona roadway. For this reason, it is an honor of AAST to recognize him as the 2016 Trooper of the Year from a pool of nominations from across the country.
Post about Kindhearted North Carolina State Trooper goes Viral
A local state trooper is getting praise for going above the call of duty, leading to a viral post on Facebook. The post hasn’t even been on Facebook for a day and already has been shared more than 1,400 times. According to the post, the woman pictured travels monthly to New York for cancer treatments. On a recent trip back home, her car broke down near Wilmington, which is when Tpr. Jon Gurganus saved the night. Gurganus fixed the woman’s water pump and followed her 20 miles to make sure she was okay. He said it just worked out that he knew how to help with what she needed. “I haven’t done anything to deserve any more than any other law enforcement officer in this state or this country,” Gurganus said. “It’s just, it’s what we do. If anybody deserves more credit from this incident, it’s the lady that took the time to post it, to share the good that happened, and I really appreciate her doing that.” He also gave the woman a phone charger to keep her phone alive for the rest of the trip. Gurganus said he just hopes this lighthearted post will help heal some people today.
Virginia State Police Trooper rescues toddler...
Officials say an off-duty Virginia State Police trooper went "above and beyond the call of duty," after rescuing a toddler found wandering alone in traffic on Route 13 in Accomack County. The Daily Times Salisbury reports Senior Trooper Johnny Godwin was traveling on the highway Saturday when he saw the child, who was about 1 to 2 years old, standing in the middle of the southbound right lane near a curve in Temperanceville. Area Commander 1st Sgt. B. E. Jeff Jones says Godwin got out of his vehicle, which he used to block traffic, and grabbed the child out of the path of oncoming traffic. Godwin stayed with the child until someone from Child Protective Services arrived. The trooper has been with the Virginia State Police since 1997.
Move Over it's the Law
To raise awareness about motorists moving over for law enforcement officers working along our roadways, the Ohio State Highway Patrol posted a photo of a trooper holding his newborn daughter with an impactful message. One year later, the Patrol posted the same trooper with his daughter and his newborn son -- with a new impactful message. The two posts combined reached almost four million people on Facebook. The posts received over 261,000 shares and likes. The Patrol greatly appreciated the positive attention given to this important message on Facebook and by local media.All 50 States have "Move Over" laws to protect law enforcement officers and other first responders stopped on our Nation's roads. Yet only 71% of the public are aware of these laws, and traffic-related incidents continue to be the number one cause of death among on-duty law enforcement officers. We need to continue to get the word out to all drivers and maximize the safety potential of these laws. By raising public awareness of "Move Over" laws through earned and social media, you can make a difference and help to save lives.