On june 15th the Utah Highway Patrol Motor Squad assisted in the escort of Fallen Officer Alyn Beck. Officer Beck’s body was take to Star Valley to be laid to rest. Beck and his partner were murdered in Las Vegas while eating lunch on duty.
On june 6th the UHP Motors Squad had five Troopers go through the Basic Motor School. Troopers Tucker Harris, Kade Martinez, Justin Adams, Brian Shultz, and Shawn Peppers. All did a great job in the school and started the next step in their training.
Rainbow Family Gathering
Troopers in section 13 San Juan County participated in the annual Blanding City 4th of July celebration. The seatbelt convincer was used as well as the 1950 Ford and the Ford Mustang in the parade and events in the area.
Colonel Fuhr and members of the Utah Highway Patrol invited Kristie Beesley wife of fallen Trooper Aaron Beesley to lunch on the second anniversary of Aaron’s accident. Aarons Brother Trooper Aric Beesley was also present.
Tour de SaltAir
On september 18th section 1 was asked to assist Onieda county Idaho on an attempt to locate of a missing person from Malad Idaho. Troopers located the vehicle on SR 89 MP 437, Troopers searched the immediate area locating the missing person deceased in the Logan River. On September 20th Section 4 had two Patrol cars struck. The first was while a Trooper was attempting to remove debris from the roadway. The second was while troopers were investigating a PI accident. An impaired driver struck multiple cones and then sideswiped a marked cruiser parked at the accident scene. The driver was apprehended after driving through the scene when he exited the freeway.
Public Safety Dive Team
The Department of Public Safety dive team was requested to assist with asearch for a victim of a drowning at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. A male boater, drown when his boat capsized in rough waters on September 1st. A female passenger in the watercraft successfully made it to shore. The dive team deployed in conjunction with Wasatch and Summit counties, but after two days of searching had no success in locating the victim. After a brief respite to allow team members to fulfill field operations obligations, the dive team again deployed to Flaming Gorge on September 14-15, then again Friday morning, September 19th. On the afternoon of September 20th, team members identified a distinct target in 194 feet deep waters about mile off the shoreline. A closer examination was conducted using sector scan sonar and the target was identified as a human victim. Due to the extreme depths, the Summit county search and rescue was called into retrieve the victim using an unmanned robot. The victim was successfully recovered late in the day on September 20th.
North American Inspectors Championship
Trooper Bryce Ivie represented the State of Utah at the North American Inspectors Championship held in Pittsburgh, PA. This is the only event dedicated to recognizing and awarding commercial vehicle inspector excellence. Trooper Ivie competed in six different areas with forty nine roadside inspectors representing jurisdictions across North America. Trooper Ivie’s performance was exemplary. His hard work and dedication paid off with a first place finish in the North American Standard Level I Inspection area. Congratulations Trooper Bryce Ivie.
Guns and Hoses Flag Football
On november 1st the Utah Highway Patrol had multiple members participate in the 2014 Guns and Hoses flag football game held at Provo High School. The Guns lost 6-0 in overtime.
On october 9th the Utah Highway Patrol helicopter Cedar Station was asked to assist Millard County Sheriff’s Office in locating and extracting a ledged out hunter east of Fillmore. The hunter was located and search and rescue crews were flown in to extract the hunter and return the stranded party to a safe location.
On October 12th the Utah Highway Patrol Helicopter Salt Lake Station was asked to assist Unified Police in the search for two missing and ledged out hikers in the Twin Peaks area of Little Cottonwood Canyon. FLIR and NVG’s were used to quickly locate the hikers. Due to the vegetation the helicopter could not load stranded hikers. Crews were giving GPS coordinates and the hikers were escorted out by Search and Rescue ground crews.
On October 17th the Utah Highway Patrol Helicopter Salt Lake Station was asked to assist Unified Police with a search of missing hiker. Cell phone coordinates helped the f light crew locate the missing hiker, the hiker was located in the lower portion of the Coal Pit Gulch area deceased. Due to the vertical nature of the area skid off loading of search and rescue personnel was not an option. Once ground crews reached the deceased the helicopter was used to extract the body via long line. Area footage was captured with the helicopter camera for the investigation of the incident.
St. George Marathon
On october 4th the Utah Highway Patrol had great turn out for the Saint George Marathon. All participants finished the race and no injuries were reported. Thanks for all the assistance from Section 12 and the motor squad.
Seat Belt Importance
On tuesday november 25th the Utah Highway Patrol and Highway Safety highlighted a story with the local Media about the importance of seat belt use. This included the Defriez family who was involved in a roll-over accident on I-15 near Beaver Utah. The family of six was traveling to visit family for Thanksgiving when they were involved in the accident. All of the occupants were restrained and sustained only minor injuries during the accident.
Troopers Assist Motorist
Troopers assisted Helen Smith in getting to an Ogdenarea Hospital to visit her ill son. Smith was stopped for speeding on her way north bound on I 15 from Nevada, it was discovered after the driver backed into Trooper Jones car during the stop that it was not safe for her to continue driving. Trooper Jones shuttled Ms. Smith from Fillmore to Juab County where Trooper Jensen then shuttled her to the Utah County line. At the County line Trooper Chris Bishop continued the shuttle to Draper. From Draper Trooper Andrew Pollard finished the shuttle to Ogden where Ms. Smith was able to see her ailing son. Ms. Smith was very grateful for the shuttle and the dedication of service provided by the Utah Highway Patrol.
On november 12th section 2 assisted in a sheep drive on I-84 in Morgan County. This was not a preplanned event and caused major traffic delays in the area.
Primary Children’s Hospital
Troopers made their annual visit to primary children’s Hospital where they handed out Teddy bears, sticker badges and foam patrol cars to the patients. Over three hundred children received these items.
POST K9 Handler Graduation
Troopers Derrick Gallegos and Chis Shelby graduated from Patrol Dog School at post this week, both dogs will be assigned to Section 4. Trooper Spencer Beardshall also graduated with his Bomb Dog from Patrol School as well, this K9 will be working out of the Capitol.