Images featuring son of fallen Louisiana State Trooper take web by storm

Ethan Vincent 3Ethan Vincent, son of slain Louisiana State Police Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, touched everyone’s heart when he was photographed by April Reeves. The pictures tell such a powerful story of a boy that will forever have his father’s spirit with him.

April Reeves, the Lafayette photographer who snapped the shots, posted on her Facebook,"As promised, I wanted to share more images of Ethan with his father's hat and flag. I truly hope that when he is older, he is as happy to have these treasures as I was to capture them for him. This child is amazing, strong, and so very proud of his dad. There is something about the way he lit up when talking about his dad and the pride radiated from him when he placed that hat on his head."

Trooper Vincent was shot and killed during a traffic stop in late August, near Lake Charles. Kevin Daigle, the man accused of killing Vincent, is awaiting trial. Daigle is also charged in the death of a second man.

 

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 All Photos by April Reeves Photography Please contact photographer for permission to use

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Connecticut Trooper and Baby Deer are Living in the Same Home

bambi 2bambi 1There are many calls in which troopers respond to vehicle crashes involving animals. Sometimes, sadly, left behind are orphans and volunteer rescuers must come get them. 

Connecticut Trooper Ben Pagoni responded to such a call in which a doe was killed in a car crash. Upon arrival, he found she left behind two babies. In this case, there were no rescues present. Trooper Pagoni received permission to take custody of the deer and has been, with the help of his family, caring for them until a rescue becomes available.

“Sometimes Troopers get more than they bargain for when responding to a call,” State Police said.

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ND Troopers Growing Mustaches for "No Shave November" in support of fellow SD Trooper

North Dakota Highway Patrol troopers are growing their mustaches to support South Dakota Tpr. Zachary Bader, calling it “No Shave November.”Zac Bader

“Everyone kind of gets a laugh out of it, most of the guys don't have a mustache, generally pretty clean shaven, so to see people walking around and kind of hiding their face, because they're kind of maybe a little bit embarrassed by it, but I think it's good. It has helped us really raise awareness," says Sgt. Steve Johnson.

He hopes the mustaches will help bring out a smile and raise awareness.

Bader suffered serious injuries after being assaulted during a traffic stop and was left for dead in October. He had extensive injuries to his head, including broken bones and was found bleeding and semi-conscious along the roadway. Bader was recently released from a Rapid City hospital and is recovering but has a long road ahead of him.

Troopers say funds are being raised to help with medical expenses. Some of it is coming from money patrolmen are saving by not shaving. So far the GoFundMeaccount set up by Bader's family has raised more than $61,000.

Four Washington state residents are charged in the assault that injured Bader. One of them has been charged with attempting to murder and to assaulting Bader; two others with being accessories to attempted murder and to the assault of a law enforcement officer. All four were charged with possessing more than a pound of pot with the intent to distribute it. Authorities say they recovered more than 50 pounds of marijuana, $33,000 in cash and a handgun after the incident.

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NC State Highway Patrol Troopers Receive Awards

Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and Frank L. Perry, secretary of the Department of Public Safety, presented several members and citizens with awards in a ceremony November 17, 20105. The awards given included the State Highway Patrol Meritorious Service, Samaritan and Appreciation.

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The Highway Patrol Meritorious Service Award is given by the Patrol to a member or members who serve the state of North Carolina in an outstanding manner.

Trooper Joe D. Berrong, II – Troop F, District 9, Wilkesboro and Sgt. Benjamin P. Gates – Troop E, District 9, Salisbury for representing the State Highway Patrol in St. Louis, Missouri while competing in the 2015 North American Inspectors Challenge -- and they won.

 

Samaritan Service Awards:

The Highway Patrol Samaritan Award is an award bestowed to a member of the Patrol who went beyond the call of duty to aid or assist a fellow citizen.

 

Trooper Paul Howard, Jr. – Troop B, District 4 – Kenansville

Trooper Jeremy C. Freeman – Troop B, District 5 – Elizabethtown

Trooper David W. Emory – Troop I, District 3 – Greenville

Trooper Patrick E. Ellis – Troop E, District 5 – Mount Airy

Sgt. Benjamin P. Gates – Troop E, District 9 – Salisbury

Trooper Stephen S. Allred – Troop G, District 5 – Silva

Trooper Jordan E. Parton, Trooper Samuel D. Martin – Troop F, District 4 – Statesville

 

“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.

“The men and women honored here today have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the citizens of North Carolina,” said Colonel Grey. “I am proud to work with employees that display such a willingness to serve.”

Courtesy of North Carolina Department of Public Safety

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Alabama State Troopers are Caught in the Act and Honored for Their Actions

AL Troopers HonoredAlabama State Troopers were honored Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Troopers Justin O'Neal, Delvylon Williams, Richard Pittman and JT Morrow were honored by Governor Robert Bentley.

Trooper Justin O’Neal helped a homeless man he found walking along the interstate that hadn’t eaten in days. “I just felt with my heart that the man was hungry and needed something to eat so I stopped and bought him some McDonald's and took him as far as I could. Being a Christian and a good person that's just something that everybody needs to do. A lot of people think we're just out here to enforce laws and take people to jail; a lot of people have a bad eye toward law enforcement nowadays so anything that looks positive for us is always a good thing, it looks good for police officers in general, not all police officers are bad people, and we are generally good people that do this on a regular basis,” said Trooper Justin O’Neal.

Trooper Delvylon Williams bought meals for a homeless father and son. "I have two kids, and I wouldn't want anyone to do me like that, so I just went by and gave them something to eat. We do this every day, and today we just got recognized for it. We all do good things out there other than what you see, stuff happening in the media but this is the positive thing, and I'm glad to show the positive thing we all do as law enforcement agents across the country,” said Trooper Williams.

Trooper Richard Pittman and Capitol Patrol Trooper J.T. Morrow were also honored for helping a veteran.

It seems that Alabama state troopers live by their motto of "courtesy, service, protection,” everyday.

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