Images featuring son of fallen Louisiana State Trooper take web by storm
Ethan 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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Connecticut Trooper and Baby Deer are Living in the Same Home
There 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.
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.”
“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.
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.
Meritorious Service Award:
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