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May 2021

May 26, 2021

Trooper Adams, Carbon County

Good Evening UHP, I wanted to send a special thank you to Trooper Dakota Adams. My black boyfriend and I were traveling from New Jersey back to California, but we were speeding. I was EXTREMELY concerned because of the unfair treatment of blacks among law enforcement. As a black woman this is frustrating and should make any human being angry. When law enforcements have issues with the public, we can file a personnel complaint, but I also want to ensure officers are acknowledge when they have great interactions with the public. Trooper Adams was very professional, respectful, understanding and shared some laughs about the distance we had to drive. He shook hands with my boyfriend, provided us a warning and told us to be safe. We left that experience with a peace of mind. Please ensure Trooper Adams is acknowledged for doing a great job!! Warmest Regards.” – A. Cobb

May 22, 2021

Sgt. Perea & Trooper Stevens, Salt Lake County

On Saturday, May 22, 2021, my husband and I were traveling back to West Jordan from Vernal.  As we got to the bottom of Parley’s Canyon, where you exit to get onto I215 west bound, our ball joint broke.  Thank heaven it hadn’t broken when I was traveling at 75 mph down the canyon.  It waited until I had slowed down to 35 mph in that little quarter mile stretch.  There is obviously no place to safely pull over right there.  No one should stop in that particular area, but we didn’t have a choice.  I was terrified that westbound traffic out of the canyon who were trying to get around us would run head on into another vehicle coming around the blind turn going east up into the canyon.  We were frantically trying to call for a tow truck, but you can only imagine the gratitude I felt when I saw a Highway Patrol car pull up behind us.  Officer C. Stevens came quickly to our rescue.  He called in backup and in not many minutes Officer Perea was there to assist us as well.  They called in Incident Management and I believe the drivers name was Travis.  While Officer Perea stopped traffic coming westbound, Travis was able to get his vehicle turned around and backed into our car so he could pull us off that stretch and onto the exit for 3300 south while we waited for a tow truck.  I don’t know when I have ever been so shaken by a vehicle failure.  Officer Perea said that, in all of his career,  he had never seen anyone break down there and he couldn’t think of a worse place to break down.  I agree! I am so thankful for heaven’s protection and I am so very thankful for the kind, expert, quick, and professional response by Officers Stevens, Perea, and Travis from Incident Management.  I’m thankful for their selfless service and I’m thankful for their willingness to put my safety and the safety of every other motorist on the road that day above their own.  Great job UHP!  I will forever be grateful for your help and service.” -M. Erickson

May 18, 2021

Trooper Jensen, Cache County

“I would be remiss if I did not give a well deserved positive call out to Trooper Colby Jenson. Even though he issued me a citation for a accident on I-84 to Boise on May 10th, I can’t speak highly enough of his professional conduct, empathy for me and my passenger in a incident that really shook me. He was thorough, but retained a calmness and common kindness that was more than I could have asked for. I hope this compliment is not unusual for the Utah Highway Patrol, but in case it is not, thank you for all you do, from a grateful Seattleite.” – K. Pickett

May 17, 2021

Trooper Powers, Davis County

“To whom it may concern, I was pulled over by an officer with badge #448 for speeding on 05/04/21. I just wanted to comment on how polite, professional, and empathetic this officer was. He truly seemed concerned with my safety and that of the others drivers. Despite getting a ticket, I feel he was very generous and understanding. I have only been pulled over a few times by UHP since moving to UT and all of my experiences have been great. I think there is too much hate directed towards the men and women in law enforcement these days and wanted him to know that there are still some of us out there that really support and appreciate what they do. So to Officer #448, thank you for your service. I am very grateful for my experience. Wishing safe health.” – J. Hymas

May 15, 2021

Trooper Steiner, Summit County

“I just want to say thank you to Trooper Steiner. I was stopped on I 80 by him and he was extremely courteous. I was upset because I didn’t know my window tint was illegal here as it is legal in my home state of Florida. He explained the law well, issued me a warning and had me on my way. Thanks again, I appreciate it.” – Z. Hobbs

May 15, 2021

Trooper Z. Breur, Millard County

“I hope this gets to the patrol officer’s leader who helped us on May 14th near Scipio UT. Trooper Zach Breur was such a tremendous help to our family! We had just blown a tire on our RV & with traffic, I was very nervous about changing it. He stopped & helped me a lot, even providing the tools to help me. While I know this is considered a part of the job , I just want him to know we are very thankful he helped us! That’s above and beyond in my book! Thank you Trooper Zach Breur! You’ll be forever in our hearts!!” – D. Kent

May 10, 2021

Trooper Cannon, Weber County

“Hello! I’m not sure if this is the right place, but I wanted to submit a huge compliment to Trooper Cannon (122). Yesterday he stopped me for speeding in Weber County around 12 PM. I had been stopped before for speeding and the officer that had stopped me before was professional, but Trooper Cannon was not only professional but seemed human (I know we are all human but cops typically have a hard shell to them) and he seemed like he actually cared. He cared about how I was putting myself and others in danger, and the consequences I would face it I continued my actions. He was doing his job by stopping me because I chose to speed. However, I want to touch on my interaction with him. He doesn’t know me, has never met me, and possibly we will never meet again, but I could tell he was legitimately concerned for my safety and well being. He took the time to tell me the consequences of my actions and suddenly I went from caring about my driving record, to my safety and the safety of others. Of course I still care about my record but this time it just really hit me what can happen if I continue/continued to speed. I started out feeling bad for myself, but as soon as I was on the road again I just thought about everything and how Trooper Cannon treated me. So thank you, Trooper Cannon, for treating me like a human and caring about my safety and those around me! I haven’t stopped thinking about my actions. When I got pulled over the last time it didn’t really stick with me and I didn’t think about it much, but this time it has been engraved in my memory because I have NOT stopped thinking about this event even for a second. I have a sister that I have to take care of up in Idaho and if I were to lose my license because of my dumb decisions then I’d have no one to blame but myself. I’m an adult and it seems silly that I’m just now coming to the realization how my one action can affect multiple people. I’m actually glad that Trooper Cannon stopped me and helped me come to this realization. Sorry for the long, drawn out paragraph. I just wanted to thank Trooper Cannon and let UHP know that the human factor is what really matters (in my opinion). All of you please stay safe out there! Please let me know if this is the correct avenue to submit this compliment. I want to make sure he gets recognized for this!” – Taylor

May 11, 2021

Trooper Dutson, Utah County

 “I don’t know who the officer is, but I was so grateful for him. We were at Geneva Park in Orem earlier this week (May 11) and my daughter fell off a toy and hit her head. This man picked her up and brought her over to me and told me what happened. She was bleeding pretty good from the back of her head. He told me to hold on, and ran across the park and when he came back had a package of gauze and some bottled water. He asked if it was okay if he cleaned up the cut and put some gauze on it. He talked so sweetly to my daughter and carefully cleaned her cut. Thankfully it wasn’t a big cut and the bleeding quickly stopped. After things were under control he just went back to playing with his own child. It wasn’t until today that I was with a friend who was also at the park who started talking with this man after we left. She asked why he had those supplies and knew what to do. He explained that he was driving his UHP car and that was just some equipment in his car. When she left she took down the license plate of UHP 330. I don’t know how else to reach out to tell him how grateful I was that day for him and being prepared and willing to help.” – L. Turner