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A veteran state trooper is lucky to be alive after a shootout rocked a section of Downtown Chicopee Friday morning.
For state trooper John Vasquez, it was just another call to action.
The 20 year veteran of the force was shot several times, trying to pin down the shooter.
Fortunately for Vasquez, other trooper were there to take him out of a dangerous situation.
“Two Chicopee police officers and two state police troopers responded. They were met with gunfire,” says Mass. State Police Colonel Marian McGovern.
The Massachusetts State Police will dedicate the Department’s second Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the name of Sergeant Douglas A. Weddleton, the state trooper who was killed on Route 95 in Mansfield last year while protecting a road construction crew. At the time of his death, Sergeant Weddleton was assigned to the State Police Barracks in Foxboro. Prior to that, he had served for many years in the Department’s Ballistics Unit.
More than two dozen troopers from Middleboro’s D-Troop were honored in an awards ceremony on Wednesday for preventing violent acts, saving lives and ensuring safety of the public.
The head of the Massachusetts State Police, Col. Marian McGovern, presented the awards.
McGovern said that while she might not know each of the troopers personally, she knows their names and their records through “a.m. reports” that she reads every morning.
And, she noted, there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop.
“When you go out to work,” she said, “we don’t know what’s going to happen.”
For the second time this month, Massachusetts state troopers have performed double duty as roadside midwives, delivering a baby girl early this morning in the backseat of her parents’ car.
A Plainville couple was rushing to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston up I-95 toward I-93 at about 2:30 a.m. when the expectant mother went into labor, according to State Police. Her husband called 911 to report that his wife seemed on the verge of giving birth, bringing five state troopers to help.
The name of Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Douglas A. Weddleton, who last year gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., this weekend.
Four days after a thief or thieves made off with 1,500 toys from a Toys for Tots storage container in Burlington, a flurry of donations have “far surpassed” the amount stolen, State Police announced today.
State Police have collected about $114,000 in donations and hundreds of toys as of this morning. Workers will continue sorting and distributing the toys to children throughout the day, officials said.
The Toys ‘R’ Us tractor-trailer brought $15,000 worth of toys to the Toys for Tots warehouse in Burlington today.
The Massachusetts State Police and members of the US Marine Corps Reserve introduced their annual Toys for Tots drive on Wednesday.
“As you know, the Marine Corps has never backed down from any challenge any time, any place. This is one that they had picked up to be sure, and to ensure that the children of this Commonwealth, each and every one of them will open up a present on Christmas Day, and that is the goal we are here to make this year,” said Col. Marian J. McGovern of the Massachusetts State Police.
The continued economic hardships across Massachusetts mean that families more than ever need help.
Two state troopers found themselves playing the role of midwife for a woman in labor on Interstate 93 in Quincy yesterday.
At about 11:30 a.m., the South Boston Barracks of the Massachusetts State Police received a 911 call from a 50-year-old Brockton man who was heading to the hospital with his pregnant wife. He told the desk officer that his wife said her contractions had rapidly intensified and that they were not going to make it to the hospital before the baby came, State Police said.
“It was her third child, so she knew she was in active labor,’’ said Vincent Noe, one of the troopers who helped deliver the child.
The desk trooper contacted area patrols, as well as Emergency Medical Services.
When Noe and Trooper Mark Zych arrived at the parking lot of the Highway Department’s High Occupancy Vehicle building on I-93, near Exit 8 in Quincy, where the couple had pulled over, the woman told them the baby was about to come at any moment.
An off-duty state trooper shot a pit bull that was attacking a 12-year-old boy in a Hyde Park neighborhood Saturday, according to police.
Terrell Owens said he was walking with a friend when they spotted the unleashed pit bull walking in the neighborhood.
Owens said he knows the dog but it suddenly started chasing him.
Owens said he panicked and ran.
The dog caught up with Owens and grabbed his leg.
“He was trying to bite my face. I started punching him,” Owens said.
A woman then came over and tried to rescue him. Her husband, a state trooper, had to use his gun after several unsuccessful attempts to get the dog off Owens.
According to the police report, the trooper fired one shot at the dog with his personal handgun.
The boy was treated and released from the hospital with non-life threatening bite injuries.
Owens’ mother, Kathy Daughtry, said she’s glad Terrell wasn’t seriously injured.
Troopers Make Way For Ducklings
It was the children’s classic “Make Way for Ducklings” come to life: A mother duck and her 11 babies briefly stopped traffic in Boston after they needed a little help crossing the road.
State Police troopers came to the aid of the webbed clan around 9 a.m. Thursday after receiving a request to help the ducks near the Boston University campus, said David Procopio, State Police spokesman. The ducks were trying to cross Storrow Drive to get back to the Charles River, but traffic was too heavy.