South Carolina State Troopers Feed the Homeless
South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers fed and served about 40 homeless people Wednesday at Whosoever Community Church in Florence. The officers said it's their way of giving back to a community that's so deserving. "We come in contact with a lot of people that don't have any place to go on 95, on 501. So, now we partnership with Whosoever Church and House of Hope and we wanted to do this. And I think it's one of the best things for us to do because we could be in that same boat," said Captain Jo Nell, with SC Highway Patrol. "Troopers are very involved in their community whether it's with a church or school, coaching a youth athletic event. We live here. We work here. We have a vested interest in the well-being of the people here. And if we can give back in any way to any group of people, well, that's just helping us build our community, " said Cpl. Sonny Collins, with SC Highway Patrol. Whosoever Community Church doubles as a homeless shelter and provides temporary housing for about 40 people in need of a warm place to stay. Felicia Stafford, 26, makes her home at the shelter for now. "I became homeless really, I say, when I was 18, 19 after I started having my children. My finances weren't stable and I couldn't find work because I didn't have a baby sitter," said Stafford. Cynthia Boan, 53, finds herself in the same situation. She's been staying at the church for three weeks, but has been homeless for the past 12 years. "I've slept outside, behind trash cans, things such as this. Sometimes people would take me in and let me take a shower," said Boan. Both women said they're thankful for the troopers reaching out to them instead of looking down on them. Stafford said, "It's a blessing because not too many officers in different cities gather together to help the homeless people as one. So, it's a pleasure." Collins said they're happy to help others in need. They plan to feed the homeless this year in all six Pee Dee counties, as well as Horry and Georgetown counties. "At the end of the day, we need everything to be better and I hope today made it better for these people today. And we're gonna continue to move this forward, and to help people in other areas of our coverage in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand. And if we can keep doing that I know it's gonna have a positive impact on the community," said Collins.
Two Connecticut Police K9 Get Protective Vests
Connecticut State Police K-9 Arek and K-9 Union are now suited up to take on the bad guys. They just got their bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Arek is a four-year-old German Shepard trained in all patrol functions including tracking, building searches, evidence recovery, apprehension, obstacles, obedience and narcotics detection. K9 Arek works at Troop H in Hartford along with Troop First Class Matthew Herz. K-9 Arek’s vest was sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by Hairy Barker’s K9 Activity Center of Deep River. His vest has been embroidered with the sentiment “Safety from Hairy Barker’s K9 Activity Center.” K9 Union is a three-year–old German shepherd who is trained in all patrol functions including tracking, building searches, evidence recovery, apprehension, obstacles, obedience and narcotics detection. K9 Union works at Troop A in Southbury alongside Trooper Christopher Porrini. Union’s vest is sponsored by Beth DeGroat of Stafford. His vest has been embroidered with the sentiment “In Dogs We Trust, the DeGroat Family.” The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234, a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States
Alaska State Trooper rescues man with hypothermia
Alaska State Troopers helped rescue a hypothermic Chatanikaman from the side of the Steese Highway on Monday night. Troopers responded to a report of an intoxicated pedestrian sitting alone along the highway, according to a dispatch Tuesday. The man was reportedly shivering in wet clothing near Mile 48. AST located 40-year-old Samuel Foster when they arrived at the scene. They say he was in a state of hypothermia and severely frostbitten, and wasn't able to move on his own. The responding trooper carried him to the patrol car, and transferred Foster to an ambulance. Medics say his temperature was recorded at 89 degrees.
North Carolina State Trooper Saves a Life using EMT Training
For most speeding vehicles, Jeremy Freeman's reaction as a state trooper is routine. Siren. Flashing lights. A stop, and then a conversation. Sept. 15 was different. A life was at stake, and fortunately for the driver of the speeding vehicle and his wife, Freeman was the trooper who saw him. On that day, he was on patrol on N.C. 87 East and observed a red Ford pickup driving well over the posted speed limit. Freeman proceeded toward enforcement action, turning on his siren and flashing lights. The driver yielded and pulled over to the side of the road, jumped out of his vehicle and began shouting, "My wife, my wife," Freeman said. After quickly surveying the situation, the trooper realized the man had been speeding toward a hospital. "I got to the passenger door of the vehicle, and I quickly realized that the man's wife was not responsive," Freeman said. "The husband and I lifted her up, placing her in the truck bed of his vehicle. I ran to my trunk to retrieve my patrol issued medical kit and radioed communications for an ambulance on location." Freeman is one of just three troopers out of Bladen County with a background in emergency medical services. "From there, I quickly checked her pulse and respiration, noticing that she had a pulse, but was not breathing," Freeman said. "I attempted ventilation with my bag-valve mask, but no air was moving through. First thing that popped into my mind was that her tongue must be at the back of her throat. So, I grabbed my oropharyngeal airway device, inserted it sideways, twisted it at a 90-degree turn, which moved her tongue, allowing air to enter into her lungs. I then continued using the bag-valve mask, watching her chest rise and fall." Shortly after, the husband told Freeman that the victim was under the care of a physician, and prescribed morphine. With this new knowledge and his background as an EMT, Freeman asked if she was also prescribed naloxone, an antidote for emergency situations. The husband, a nurse himself, remembered they did have some in the car. Freeman assisted the husband with the auto-injection of naloxone and continued performing ventilation on the woman. By the time the EMS arrived, the woman was breathing on her own and beginning to talk. For his efforts, Freeman's efforts earned him the Highway Patrol Samaritan Award. It's awarded for going beyond the call of duty. Col. Bill Grey, commander of the State Highway Patrol, and Frank L. Perry, secretary of the Department of Public Safety, presented Freeman's award and several others in a special ceremony recently. The awards given included the State Highway Patrol Meritorious Service Award and the Appreciation Award in addition to the Samaritan Award. "The men and women honored here today have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the citizens of North Carolina," Grey said during the ceremony. "I am proud to work with employees that display such a willingness to serve." "The sacrifices displayed by the sworn and civilian members of the State Highway Patrol serve as outstanding examples of the unwavering service provided by state employees," Perry said. Freeman is from Lumberton. He began his career in service as an EMT Basic in Robeson County, spending his free time as a volunteer firefighter at Allenton Fire Department. After a few years of service as an EMT, Freeman decided to continue to serve in a different capacity, pursuing a career as a state trooper. In October of 2013, Freeman graduated from Patrol School and began his work in Troop B, District 5 of Bladen County. "My mindset, the mindset of every trooper, is to protect and preserve everything that I can," Freeman said. "Sustaining life is our job."