Man who Held California Highway Patrol Officer's Hand after Hit and Run Speaks out

529333 375743235826658 2061537100 nIt shouldn't take an officer down for communities to realize cops are only human. But when a hit-and-run driver reportedly reversed on Interstate 80 Thursday, running over a motorcycle officer other drivers risked their own lives to stay by his side. "All I could think of was that, to hold his hand and talk to him ... so somehow he would know people cared," Mike Vavak told FOX40. And that is all the injured officer's family could hope for. Vavak said he was knelt down in the fast lane, next to a woman who prayed over that officer's body. He says he was taking slow, labored breaths, but couldn't squeeze his hand. "The amount of emotion that was going for this officer that was down was really touching. Everyone was really shaken up by it,” Vavak said. But those he says he saw taking it the hardest, were the other men and women in uniform who arrived later. Those like CHP officer Jenna Berry who told FOX40 the officer likely stopped to help the driver of that truck who was stopped near the center divider. “We stop to check it the vehicle is out of gas or if something is not wrong, as when he pulled up that vehicle intentionally ran him over,” Berry said. Witnesses told CHP the driver backed into the officer on purpose, then yelled at him before fleeing. That driver left the scene on I-80 near Elkhorn Boulevard, stole a commercial pickup truck near Northgate Boulevard, and led police on a chase to Fairfield where he was eventually arrested. "We investigate the best we can, and pray for a full recovery,” Berry said. CHP has confirmed that the officer is in stable condition. The suspect's identity, however, has not been released. What we do know, that the compassion in Sacramento today overshadowed the cowardice of this act. "How heartless can you be to just do that to someone?” Vavak asked.

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Retired State Trooper Still Giving

635951218685588915 SulliganWhen retired state Trooper Steve Sulligan reflects on his life, he more often than not sees the many blessings. That spurs him to look for ways to bless others, especially children. Recently, Sulligan, owner of Blue Ridge Tours in Travelers Rest found a way to bless children and a former high school classmate who has become an author of children's books. Sulligan purchased 25 copies of "The Crumbgrabbers Meet The Honeylou Kids" a children's book authored by Susan Rochester Zucconi. The books, he said, will be donated to the Shriner's Hospital for Children and the Ronald McDonald House, both in Greenville. The books being donated are of Zucconi's Crumbgrabber series of books for children. Sulligan said he noticed on Facebook that his classmate from 35 years ago had become an author and he contacted her. "I thought it was neat what she was doing," Sulligan said. And the title of the book "grabs your attention. I thought the kids would like it. I liked it." So, Sulligan decided to help Zucconi by buying the books and to help children by donating them. The book donation is just one way Sulligan and his wife, Donna, give back to the community. Sometimes,their Blue Ridge Tour business donates a trip to a school that would otherwise not be able to go on a field trip. "We try to choose a school that we know would not be able to go," Donna Sulligan said. During one of the trips, they learned that some of the children had never seen the ocean, much less put their feet in the water. "That's what it's all about," Donna Sulligan said. The Sulligans also provide scholarships for students who can't afford to take a field trip with their classmates. When the scholarship foundation was launched in 2011, Donna Sulligan said she did not know there would be so many children in need. "We have now tripled the scholarships that we're giving to schools and we're also giving field trip grants," she said. Steve Sulligan, a native of Sayreville, New Jersey who has always loved working with kids, spent 25 years in law enforcement in South Carolina as a police officer and a state trooper. While serving as a state trooper spokesperson in the mid-1990s, he got involved in doing Safety City programs and talks at grammar schools. Sulligan said he was also the only state trooper to teach D.A.R.E. in public schools in Greenville County. Sulligan has also long held a passion for buses. When he was transferred to Greenville as a trooper, he'd just reached the age where he could learn to drive a bus, he said. In 1988, he started Blue Ridge Tours on a small scale to make some part-time money because "being a trooper back then, we didn't make a lot of money." The business, he said, "kind of grew" to now being one of the largest in the Upstate. Ninety-nine percent of Blue Ridge Tours' business is with schools, largely field trips with clients statewide and beyond. The business also drives college and professional sports teams on their road trips around the U.S., he said. Personally, Steve and Donna have traveled all around the world because of the job he's had, he said. "I've been blessed with what I have, that's why I give back," Sulligan said. "I realize that when U take a a group of kids to Washington or New York, that may be the only trip they go on in their life, where I've gone on it 100 times.

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Trooper Chad Dermyer End of Watch Thursday, March 31, 2016

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Our thoughts and prayers are with Trooper Dermyer’s Family and the mebers Virginia State Police. Trooper Chad Dermyer was shot and killed while speaking to a suspicious person inside the Greyhound bus terminal in Richmond, Virginia at approximately 2:45 pm. He and other officers were participating in an interdiction training course and were conducting stops of suspects. He spoke to the man briefly before the man suddenly produced a handgun and opened fire, striking Trooper Dermyer. Other officers who were on scene shot and killed the subject when the man opened fire on them following a short foot pursuit inside the bus terminal. Trooper Dermyer was transported to VCU Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds. Trooper Dermyer was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the Virginia State Police for 17 months and had previously served with the Newport News Police Department. He is survived by his wife and two children. 

 

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Massachusetts State Trooper Saves a Driver's Life

westwoodState Police say a trooper saved a driver who had no pulse after a crash on Interstate 95 in Westwood late Monday night. Investigators say a 2015 Honda CRV was hit from behind by a 2002 Honda Odyssey minivan in the northbound lanes around 9:30 p.m. Both vehicles slammed into the guardrail and ended up on the right side of the highway. The driver of the minivan, a 33-year-old man from Westwood, reportedly had no pulse after the crash, according to State Police. “Sergeant Pardo Montago immediately began CPR and continued until Westwood EMS arrived. The man was then transported to Norwood Hospital for treatment of serious injuries,” police said in a statement. A passenger in the minivan, a 53-year-old man from Waltham, and the CRV driver, a 55-year-old woman from Needham, were both treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham for minor injuries. No names have been made public. No charges have been filed at this point in the investigation. CORRECTION:In an earlier version of this story, State Police had told WBZ-TV one person had died in the crash.

 

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Support for Fallen Trooper Sean Cullen continues to pour in

 Cullen letters 2Cullen BlanketsTwo weeks after Trooper Sean Cullen was laid to rest, NJ State Police say they continue to receive letters of support and condolences from all over the United States and Canada. “Although it’s been close to three weeks since the tragic line of duty death of Trooper Sean Cullen, letters of support from across the nation and Canada continue to pour in,” NJ State Police said in a Facebook post Monday. Cullen, 31, was killed in the line of duty as he stood along Route 295 while responding to an accident and car fire on March 7. The Cinnaminson resident who was born in Dublin, Ireland, was engaged to be married and had a 9-month-old son. Cullen was a member of the 154th State Police Class and was stationed at Bellmawr Station. He had been a trooper for about two years. Prior to joining the State Police Cullen was a member of the Mount Holly and Westampton police departments A GoFundMe page was created following the trooper’s death to offer financial assistance to Cullen’s fiancee and young son, and has already raised more than $170,000. State police said since Cullen’s death, they’ve received an outpouring of support in the form of letters as well as blankets, Bibles and sympathy cards directed at law enforcement as well as the Cullen family. “We would like to publicly thank everyone for such considerate and thoughtful gestures. It has not gone unnoticed,” NJ State Police said in a Facebook post. In a statement, NJ State Police said Col. Rick Fuentes has been sending “personally signed thank you notes” to those who have reached out to the NJSP and the Cullen family with messages of support and condolences.

 

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