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Troopers Making a Difference

We receive numerous messages from the public about the ways in which our Troopers have a positive impact – in sometimes big ways and other times small ways – on individuals and the community as a whole. We are grateful for the people who take the time to message us and let us know how our Troopers are upholding our values of integrity, professionalism, service, knowledge, teamwork, and courage.

Each month we will feature snapshots of some of the feedback we receive.

July 2019

Tile shows a flat tire and quote reads" No idea who the Trooper was of the elderly man, but made me happy to live in the area I do and to see service like this given. Tile shows a flat tire and text reads: I feel that this was above and beyond for these gentlemen!! Please pass along my personal THANK YOU. Tile shows a car on the side of the road with its hood open and text reads: I am so thankful for Officer Mecham and the many other officers like him who help keep all of us safe. Tile shows police car red and blue lights that are blurry and text reads: Officer Gonzalez with the UHP pulled up and was super helpful. Tile shows the Utah Highway Patrol Beehive patch and text reads: “Trooper Black was a literal answer to my prayers.” Tile shows a UHP Trooper hat with the focus up close on the badge and the text reads: “I want to thank the men and women of Utah Highway Patrol for their bravery, service, courage, professionalism, sacrifice.” Tile shows a bus along the side of the road - profile view with fields and sky in the background and text reads: This Trooper without thought of money back bought 2 cases of water and several large cups from a station up the road. Tile shows a close up on a car's taillight and text reads: I'm just extra grateful to her for the way she handled the situation and I hope you continue to hire awesome people like her! Tile shows a close up of a spedometer with the arrow pointing to 80 mph and it's blurry and text reads: “He talked to her about what was going on and treated her with such respect and kindness, helping her to calm down.” Photo shows a flat tire and text reads: “To the Trooper and the USMC Soldier that just helped my daughter change a flat tire on her car THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE FOR MY BABY GIRL. ” Picture shows a police car with lights on behind a car it has stopped and text reads: He was a gentleman and compassionate toward us. I believe that Officers should be recognized for the good things they do Picture shows animated UHP beehive with the words "State Trooper" printed on the frame underneath it and text reads: “So grateful for all you guys do and the kindness you show!”

June 2019

Photo shows UHP Beehive patch and text reads "I wanted to comment on the courteous and respectful way he dealt with me." Picture shows a car spedometer and text reads "while getting as ticket isn't much fun at all, he made the experience a comfortable and professional one. " Image shows a blown out tire and text reads "I wanted to say thank you for stopping to help me this morning on I 15"

Photo shows a sunset and text says "Trooper Pugliese was not on duty, he came to the office to spend time with us and help us understand what happened when our friend lost his life."

Text shows Trooper Blankenagel changing a tire and the text says "He was very professional and friendly! I have always had great experiences with the Utah Highway Patrol, top notch people keeping us safe!"

Photo shows Trooper Alexander with a young boy sitting on his UHP motorcycle and the text says "He was very sweet with my son. He made my son's day. I'm very grateful for troopers like him."

Photo shows a trooper changing a tire while text says "I don't know what I would have done if he didn't see me on the side of the road."

May 2019

Image shows a speedometer and text says This very kind man saved me time and stress. Wish you all the best and less drivers that exceed the speed limit like me."

Photo shows person changing a tire, text says "He was out in the rain helping a motorist change their tire"

Photo shows a blown out tire, text says You should know that he was extremely professional and courteous. He represented your department in an outstanding way."

Photo shows a deer crossing sign, text says "We were so impressed with the great care that he took to help us and how reassuring he was to us in our time of need."

Picture shows a VIN sticker in a vehicle and text says "I so appreciate him taking the time to communicate and assist me, while also holding me accountable for the violations in a reasonable fashion."

Photo shows a blown out tire, text says I wanted to say how grateful I was and how proud I am to be from Utah where we have such a great group of Troopers."

April 2019

Image shows a piece of blown out tire on the shoulder. "They risk their lives daily in so many ways, just to make things safer for all of us"Person putting gas into a gas tank with a gas can. "He was kind and considerate."Image shows sun glare through the window of a car. "I want to thank him again for his vigilance and keeping not only me safe, but all others around me."Image shows light bar on top of police car.Image shows a crashed car on a freeway. Message compliments troopers on scene who helped. "everyone on scene was professional and helpful"Image shows a trooper's printer with a citation on it. Message thanks trooper for his professionalism during traffic stop.Image shows a beautiful sky at sunrise. "I just wanted to thank the officer who pulled me over for the DUI back in late August of 2016. It got me back into recovery after years of going in and out of the program of AA. I just celebrated 2 and half years in February. Thanks for doing your job

March 2019

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engine overheatingPerson fixing a flat tireUHP hat sits on the front of a carHis kindness amidst my mistake restored my faith in our law enforcementImage shows Trooper Bradford's name badge and includes the quote "He was an angel in disguise"Troopers and other officers stand outside Trooper Palmers room

February 2019

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I'm pretty sure you just saved our lives! I'm extremely grateful for how he treated me. He was wonderful under the pressure of the storm and multiple slide offs Thank you for risking your life every day to save others. Due to weather my car got stuck I wish more cops were like him I appreciated his time and professionalism I would like to compliment him for his professionalism and kindness When I hugged my wife and kids all I could think about was how thankful I was that your dispatcher told me to stay buckled

Trooper Pugliese put his own life in jeopardy to save the life of Maria.The law enforcement was the best part of the trip.

 

January 2019

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I came to Utah over the holidays (from Texas) to visit family. While there, I was traveling on the 215 headed up to Syracuse, when a ladder hit the front wheel of my car and flattened it. Only a few minutes after I had pulled over to the side of the road, Trooper Cameron Fawson stopped and completely came to my aid. He insisted I stay safe and warm inside the car, while he removed the flat, pumped up my spare, and then put that tire on. He was so friendly and put my mind at ease, even though it could have been a really stressful situation. I was incredibly impressed with him, and I am thankful for all he did!! Keep up the great work, Utah Highway Patrol!

We thank and appreciate all who had a part in his recovery and pray that God will Bless you all and keep you safe.

I was just driving past one of the Pleasant Grove exits Southbound on I-15. It’s 28 degrees and a light blizzard and a Utah Highway Patrolman is helping change a tire, no coat on. #hardcore. I thought how grateful I would be if I was the person with the flat tire and I wanted to make sure UHP was shown some love. I know it’s a thankless job a lot of the time, but I appreciate your efforts to protect and serve so much! Thank you, UHP!!

He was respectful and kind and I really appreciated the help he gave me“An officer pulled behind me and offered to change my tire. He changed it within minutes and I was on my way. I appreciate it so much.”

When he saw two senior women in the vehicle he immediately offered to go get gas for us at the next exit and be back to put it in our car which he did. We were beyond grateful to him. Even when you guys are issuing me tickets, I know you are doing your jobs and keeping our state safe “He was not only respectful but friendly. The way in which he conveyed the information was courteous and put me at ease. Trooper Park is an excellent example of a Highway Patrol Trooper.” I know you probably get a lot of complaints but I wanted to thank you for all you do!

December 2018

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He was so kind, helpful, and efficient in helping me. I just want to recognize him for his assistance.
And before I could even say hello, he jumped out of the truck with a giant smile on his face asking if I needed some wiper fluid.
I just want to tell him thank you. Thanks for working on Christmas. Thanks for being vigilant. Thanks for watching out for me and my family;
I want to thank you for helping my son and his family yesterday after they had a flat tire. My granddaughter was scared and the officer who assisted them took the time to comfort her with a sticker. My family means a lot to me. Thank you all of you that go out of your way to help others. Merry Christmas to you all that put your lives on the line to help our loved ones. I couldn't thank you enough .
In ways that are difficult to describe, my life has changed forever and for the better because of the way Trooper Neighbor treated me
Good morning, I am writing to express my gratitude at the help provided to me by Officers Stanton Tucker and Brandon Ayer on Saturday morning. I had blown out a tire on I-80 and they pulled up while I was waiting for roadside assistance and helped me remove the tire and put on the spare. Both of the men were extremely cordial and made a less-than-ideal situation much better. They are a credit to your organization.

Students from Longview Elementary sent troopers letters of gratitude.

“He went ABOVE AND BEYOND his duty to provide us with all of the information and resources my cousin could use to begin his job and housing search.”We would like to thank you for your kindness at Primary Children's today! Our son was excited to have a visit from an officer and receive a special gift. He loves his tiger and UHP car! Thanks for everything you all do We came down for a pretty scary appointment today at Primary Children’s and were greeted by a few of your troopers when we came in. My 6-year-old son went from being terrified to see his doctor, to over the moon as soon as they stopped him to give him a new puppy to cuddle. I was stressed because we were in a hurry to get here safely from Ogden in the snow and forgot to bring a stuffed animal which totally threw him off. You guys saved our day and he’s now in the BEST mood! Thank you for taking the time out from all of the incredible work you already do for the community to make a difference in this way as well. He’s been sleeping with his new pup (he named him Chance) every night. He’ll remember his interaction forever. It couldn’t have been more perfect. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

“He spotted an object on the side of the freeway and checked it out. It was my phone and my wallet that I carry my phone in.”

I have, since that day he talked to me, been wearing my seat belt.