Alameda Hitchhiker says his life was changed by Fallen California Highway Patrol Officer.

CHP TaylorAn Alameda hitchhiker has nothing but high praise for a California Highway Patrol officer who recently died in the line of duty, even though they only spent an hour together. In an act of kindness, officer Nathan Taylor drove 45-year-old Paxton Brewer from Donner Summit to Colfax during his shift. Brewer admits he’s always been a bit fearful when it comes to police officers, but within minutes of meeting a disarming officer Taylor, he says that fear quickly morphed into a life-changing bond, turning a stranger into a friend. “He made a difference. He made a difference in my life,” he said. Taylor lost his life on Sunday after an SUV hit him in snowy conditions on Interstate 80 on Saturday. Taylor was wrapping up his work on a previous accident when he was struck outside his patrol car. Brewer posted his story alongside a photo of Taylor on Monday after learning of the CHP officer’s death. He described how he was hitchhiking back to his Alameda home after busted equipment forced him to scrap a ski trip. He was at Donner Summit when Taylor pulled up to offer him a ride. “My prejudices kicked in and I expected him to be the stereotypical mean cop, but he was anything but,” he said. The 35-year-old officer agreed to take Brewer as far as he could on his shift to a rest stop near Colfax. He says the slick conditions and long drive gave way to a conversation ripe with laughs and a lot of talk about his love for the mountains. “He told me about his experiences working in San Jose, the CHP in San Jose and how much he really enjoyed working up in the mountains away from the city,” he said. Two weeks after swapping numbers, Brewer learned Taylor died. “It really helped me focus on what’s important in my life,” he said. Now, the picture from their chance encounter is a treasured memento of an unexpected friend who left a lasting impression. “He really changed my mind about what a police officer could be and really inspired me to be a better person,” he said. Taylor leaves behind a wife and three young children.

 

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First Sergeant Joseph G. Portaro End of Watch Monday, March 14, 2016

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Our thoughts and prayers are with First Sergeant Joseph G. Portaro’s Family and the West Virginia State Police. First Sergeant Joseph Portaro suffered a medical emergency while participating in a physical fitness run near the West Virginia State Police Academy, where he served as the Deputy Director of Training. He was transported to Thomas Memorial Hospital, where he passed away. Sergeant Portaro had served with the West Virginia State Police for 17 years. He is survived by his wife and three children. 

Source:Officer Down Memorial Page

 

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New Hampshire State Trooper helps Two Superheroes

Two “superheroes“ found themselves in need of saving Sunday morning after their car broke down on the side of a New Hampshire highway. Two people, dressed as Wonder Woman and Captain America, were headed to a young child’s birthday party when their car broke down on Interstate 93 in Hooksett, according to New Hampshire State police. A trooper picked the pair up and deposited them at the celebration so they would not be late, police said. “The children were very excited to see the Superheroes arrive and get out of a State Police Cruiser,” police said

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Officer Nathan Taylor End of watch Sunday, March 13, 2016

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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

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Florida State Troopers Ride to Honor Fallen Law Enforcement

FHP RidesHere 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

 

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