Missouri State Troopers Rescues a Woman from a Burning Car

2122016When Missouri Highway Patrol trooper Jim Thuss witnessed a fiery crash last week, he knew he had to get the driver out quickly. “I’ve worked enough crashes to know that if there’s fire already, the whole vehicle eventually will go up,” Thuss recalled Wednesday. “I just hoped I could get her out of there in time. People are calling him a hero and a lifesaver after he pulled 60-year-old Becky Crawford of Belton from her 2015 Honda Civic right before flames engulfed her car on Feb. 2. The dramatic rescue was caught on the dashboard camera of Thuss’ patrol car. The Missouri Highway Patrol released the video this week. “There is no doubt in my mind that he saved that woman’s life,” said Sgt. Bill Lowe, a spokesman for the patrol’s Troop A. “She was not in a position to get out of the vehicle, and without his quick thinking and quick actions she would have been more seriously injured or possibly killed.” The morning of the crash, Thuss, a 19-year patrol veteran assigned to Cass County, was headed north on Missouri D just north of Missouri 58 near Belton when he saw a 2002 Cadillac DeVille traveling 68 mph in a 50 mph zone. “I turned my lights on to initiate a traffic stop, and when I turned around I could tell he was really moving along at that time,” Thuss said. “I checked his speed again at 101.” As the Cadillac approached the intersection at Missouri 58, other traffic had stopped at a red light. The Cadillac went around vehicles in the turn lane, ran the red light and smashed into Crawford’s car. “It was a pretty spectacular impact,” Thuss said. “There was an instant fireball towards the back of the vehicle and a big plume of smoke after that. There was the aftermath of the crash of some vehicle parts in the air with the smoke.” When he pulled up, he could see fire along the driver’s side of Crawford’s car. “I didn’t bother trying the driver’s side because of the impact being there and then also the fire. I thought there would be a better opportunity to go through the passenger side,” Thuss said. “I ran around the front of the car and the passenger door opened up easily, luckily.” Thuss climbed inside and found Crawford stunned and moaning. “I got her out of her seat belt and pulled her across the console and out of the vehicle and eventually up the hill,” Thuss said. An off-duty Johnson County deputy sheriff helped Thuss carry Crawford away from the car. Ron Crawford said Wednesday that his wife is doing well for someone who has gone through what she has. She suffered serious injuries in the crash. He said she expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday and transferred to a rehabilitation facility. Crawford said he has thanked Thuss for his quick actions. It took a lot of courage for Thuss to do that, Crawford said. “I thanked him because he risked his life to save the life of my wife,” he said. “There’s no question in my mind that if he had not taken that action, she would not be with us today. He had only seconds to rescue her and he did. He’s a genuine hero.” Crawford said he believes there are three parts to this story — the selfish actions by the Cadillac driver, the selfless and heroic actions of Thuss, and divine intervention that protected his wife from worse injuries. The driver who caused the crash fled. He was seen ripping a plastic bag open, and a white substance flew out. Belton police arrested a suspect a short time later. As the man was being loaded into an ambulance, a trooper noticed a strong smell of marijuana, according to court documents. Troopers also found methamphetamine and will test blood on the bag to see if it matches the driver, according to court documents. The Cass County prosecutor charged Benjamin W. Clark, 23, of Belton, with resisting arrest and leaving the scene of a accident, according to court documents. Thuss said he doesn’t want to sound cavalier when he says that all he was doing was his job. Any other trooper he works with would have done the same thing under the same circumstances, he said. “I did what I was supposed to do,” Thuss said. “I was there because of the individual I was trying to stop. Honestly, I didn’t really think much about it. I just knew I had to get her out of the vehicle before it went up.”

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Alabama State Trooper Helps Deliver a Baby.

2102016A State Trooper who stopped a vehicle for speeding got the surprise of a lifetime when he discovered why the couple was speeding. Danny and Shawna Lowe admit, they were speeding on U.S. 72 Sunday morning. Shawna had not only gone into labor, she was close to delivering the baby. "I got out and went to [Trooper Kesler] and I said, I'm sorry I know I was speeding but my wife's about to give birth," Danny Lowe said. "I don't think he believed me." That changed when Shawna Lowe screamed. "And she said pull my pants down, he's coming. I saw his head so I grabbed his head and he started coming and I grabbed his neck and just guided him right on out," Danny says. He says Trooper Kesler was helpful every step of the way; he brought towels to wrap up baby Barrett from the 29 degree temperatures and called an ambulance to get mom and baby to the hospital. "Without hesitation, Trooper Kesler quickly acted and assisted in the delivery of the baby," said Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier. When the ambulance arrived, Kesler coordinated directions between the family doctor via cell phone and EMS. The mother and baby then were transported to Athens Hospital, while Trooper Kesler accompanied Danny to the hospital to be with his family. Kesler then went to a local grocery store and purchased flowers, cupcakes, and a newborn 'starter kit to bring to bring to the new parents. "I got to witness a 6 pound 10 ounce baby being born and it made my day worth coming to work," says Kesler. This moment will likely create a permanent bond between the newly expanded family and their savior in blue. "It's a newly acquired  friendship. We're going to know each other a long time," says Kesler. Danny says it was a blessing the trooper stopped them "because if he didn't, we would have been 2 more blocks and she would have to do it on her own. Or we would have wrecked... by him stopping me and doing his job he probably saved our lives." Secretary Collier said, "Trooper Kesler's actions today exemplify the mission of the Alabama State Troopers -- to serve and protect. I want to personally commend Trooper Kesler for his swift actions and going above and beyond the call of duty." Going above and beyond wasn't lost on the Lowe family. "I've been fighting to get his middle name changed to Michael," jokes Danny as his wife shoots him a look. Whether that happens or not, there's no doubt Trooper Kesler will be a permanent part of little Barrett's life.  "He doesn't have to do that kind of stuff, it came from his heart," says the proud father. Danny Lowe was issued a speed warning by Trooper Kesler.

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Wisconsin State Trooper Returns to Work!

Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper Justin Hansen recently returned to the job he loves."It feels great to be back on the road, Capture292016it's been a very long and trying journey," said Hansen.After losing part of his leg two years ago when he was hit by a vehicle while working. "All the work I put in to become a trooper was nothing compared to the work I've had to do to get back doing what I love," Hansen explained. In January 2014, he was responding to a crash when he was getting traffic cones from the back of his car when he was hit and pinned between the two vehicles. "When I think back to that day, I just think about how that day forever changed how I live myself," Hansen said.As a result, part of his right leg was amputated, and his left leg had several fractures. "The hardest thing about it was learning how to walk on the right prosthetic limb with a left broken leg," said Hansen. "It was very hard to deal with both injuries at the same time." Hansen said one reason it was important to get back to work was to show his kids you can overcome adversity and challenges that are thrown your way."When they have challenges in life that they can look at me as an example how to overcome diversity, and problems," said Hansen. He explained since being back on the road, his injuries haven't slowed him down. "A lot of times when I've come into stuff on duty, or off duty, and I need to react quickly I almost forget I have the prosthetic leg and I just proceed normally," Hansen said. He added although the road to recovery wasn't always been easy, it has been worth it. "This is what I love to do, it's the career I enjoy, I have great passion about," said Hansen.

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California Highway Patrol Officer and Good Samaritan Save a Man.

A California Highway Patrol officer was caught on video pulling a man from the edge of a bridge. A terrifying scene on a CHPhighway overpass above a busy street in north Fresno. The chilling moment captured on a driver’s cell phone video: a man walking right on the edge of the bridge, posing a danger to himself and the drivers below. Then, CHP motorcycle officer Christopher Swanberg arrived on scene. “It looked like he might fall over. I was very concerned he was just going to fall over because he was so unbalanced,” said officer Swanberg. Utilizing his training, Swanberg talks to the man as he tries to get closer. Then, standing on the edge, or k-rail, the man slips and officer Swanberg moved in for the rescue. “I don’t think I had time to think about it. I just reacted to it,” said Swanberg. Officer Swanberg struggles with the man who makes a break for the edge of the overpass. Swanberg said: “there was maybe a couple seconds while we were on the k-rail where I was actually looking over the side, where it was pretty nerve racking.” That’s when Daniel Martinez and his friend George pulled over in their work truck. “We were driving, and I had seen he was wrestling with this guy, kind of wrestling with him, so I slowed down,” said Martinez. “I remember looking back and both the driver and the passenger had this look of, ‘can I help?’ I was like ‘yeah, come help me,’” said Swanberg. With the help of the men in orange jumpsuits, the man was taken into custody. Martinez says the only reason they were able to help is because he missed an exit. “I would’ve passed all that up. So I just think we were there at the right time. I think it was supposed to happen,” said Martinez. Thankful for the help, this CHP officer says answering a call like this was a first. Swanberg said: “we’ve had pedestrians on the freeway many times here in Fresno, but I’ve never had one where I had to grab and go to the k-rail with and look over the side.”

 

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Washington State Troopers Make a Surprise Visit.

At Midway Elementary, they are missing 11-year-old Angel. Classmates call him a great friend and hardworking 2520162student. He already knows he wants to be a police officer one day. But what he is dealing with right now is a heart condition. Midway Elementary Principal Rebekah Kim says Angel had surgery last week. "Just the fact that this is his second heart transplant shows how determined he is and what a fighter he is," said Kim. He's been out of school for nearly two months, receiving care at Seattle Children's Hospital. Wednesday afternoon, Principal Kim brought two special visitors: Sergeant Julie Judson and Trooper Scott Eng with the Washington State Patrol. "We heard a rumor that you want to be a police officer. Is that true? We have come to recruit you," said Sgt. Judson as she greeted Angel. "We brought some Washington State Patrol swag for you," added Trooper Eng. The presents produced a much needed smile across Angel's face. Angel and his two siblings have cardiomyopathy. Angel's mother has been by his side at the hospital everyday. There is anonline fundraising effortto help Angel's family

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