Officer Nathan Taylor End of watch Sunday, March 13, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Taylor’s family and the California Highway Patrol. Officer Nathan Taylor succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was struck by a vehicle on I-80, near Donnor Summit. He was directing traffic at the scene of a previous accident when a vehicle suddenly changed lanes and accelerated past slowing traffic. The vehicle struck Officer Taylor, causing him to be thrown into the median. He suffered two broken legs and internal injuries. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day. Officer Taylor had served with the California Highway Patrol for six years. He is survived by his wife, three sons, parents, and two brothers. One of his brothers also serves with the California Highway Patrol.
Source: Officer Down Memorial Page
Florida State Troopers Ride to Honor Fallen Law Enforcement
Here are members of the Florida Highway Patrol as part of a cycling team for the Florida Tour De Force. The Florida Tour De Force ride is a 270 mile charity bicycle ride from North Miami Beach Police Department to Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Department. The ride is done to honor and raise money for Florida’s Law Enforcement Fallen Heroes. The ride is organized and manned by devoted volunteers and every single dollar raised is donated to the families of our fallen heroes. This ride started after the line of duty death involving Trooper Smith in Miami in 1997. The FHP Cycling Team and their family have been a part of Florida Tour De Force #FLTDF since it began. Over the years they have logged in over 5000 miles honoring our fallen heroes and their families. The Tour De Force will start its 19th year on April 11th.
Source: Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy Facebook
California Highway Patrol officer rescues a family from a burning car
Two women and two children were rescued by a California Highway Patrol officer when the car they were riding in caught fire Monday morning in Monterey. Officer Kaleo Clissold happened to be behind the vehicle on southbound Highway 1 at about 10 a.m. Monterey Herald photographer Vern Fisher was driving behind both vehicles before the fire and captured video of the incident. “I was behind the CHP when all of a sudden I just saw an explosion of smoke and flames” coming from under the hood of the car, said Fisher. “The lights (on the patrol car) went on and the car pulled onto the exit but didn’t immediately stop.” Fisher said he could see the distressed car dropping smoking, flaming pieces on the road as it crept to the Bay Park Hotel at 1425 Munras Ave. in Monterey before pulling into the parking lot and coming to a stop. The officer “runs up to the driver side but she (the driver) can’t get out because the door doesn’t open,” said Oscar Loza, California Highway Patrol public information officer relaying what officer Clissold reported to him. As Clissold yelled at the driver and passenger to get out he realized there were children in the back seat, said Loza. The officer pulled one crying, coughing child from the car yelling at the passenger who had exited the car on her own, “Here take your kid! What are you doing! C’mon!” before he went back to save the second screaming child from the smoking car. In the video, Clissold can be seen reaching from the passenger side to unlock the back door before pulling the child to safety. Loza said the children were in car seats. The driver escaped by climbing over to the passenger side and exiting the car. “Come here! Your car’s on fire!” Clissold screamed as the driver walked away from the smoking vehicle. All four occupants were treated on scene by fire and ambulance personnel and taken to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula as a precaution because of smoke inhalation, according to Loza.
Second Graders make Blankets to Donate to the Missouri State Highway Patrol
Second graders at Prairie View Elementary made blankets to give to the Missouri State Highway Patrol for people in need. “We actually tied all of those,” said Neil Daniels, pointing to a pile of blankets. “The grownup tied to corners for us because the corners were hard,” said another second grader, Ella Jeffries. Every grade level did its own service project; the kindergartners collected bags filled with necessities for emergencies, first grade collected shoes, and grades three through six did service projects out in the community. Second graders did their part in the school-wide service project making warm and cozy blankets. “In case there`s an accident or a fire and it`s cold outside,” Daniels said. “Help other people if they`re in a car crash and it`s really cold,” Jeffries said. “We collected all the fleece and we prepared by pre-cutting each blanket so the students just had to tie,” said second grade teacher Jen Abernathey. Abernathey says the goal of the project was to teach her students a very important lesson. “To show them no matter how young, how small, what age they are, how much money they have or don`t have, everyone can make a difference in our community,” Abernathey said. And the students included a message so the recipients know who they're from. “We wrote a little note inside it and then we tied it onto the blanket,” said Jeffries. “We`re going to give those to the highway patrol,” added Daniels. “When you`re in that situation where you need something to show that you are cared for and loved, it`s very important,” Abernathey said. The school held an assembly on Friday, and some special guests attended to collect the blankets. “We`re honored to be selected to be given those blankets, I think the bigger picture here is the idea that they`re servicing their community, and they`re involved with their community,” said Sgt. Bill Lowe with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.