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SEPT 2022. Blues Vol 38 No. 9

FEATURES 42 When the Time Comes, Will You be Ready? 44 After Uvalde, How Much Training is Enough? 48 Why Solo-Officer Active Shooter Response Should be Trained 52 Will You Take the Pledge? 56 Products to Make Your School Safer 58 The Evolution of Police Cars DEPARTMENTS 6 Publisher’s Thoughts 8 Editor’s Thoughts 12 Guest Commentary - Bill King 16 News Around the US 38 Breaking News 70 Calendar of Events 74 Remembering Our Fallen Heroes 90 War Stories 94 Aftermath 100 Open Road 104 Healing Our Heroes 106 Daryl’s Deliberations 108 Light Bulb Award 110 Running 4 Heroes 112 Blue Mental Health with Dr. Tina Jaeckle 114 Off Duty with Rusty Barron 116 Ads Back in the Day 120 Parting Shots 122 Buyers Guide 142 Now Hiring - L.E.O. Positions Open in Texas 184 Back Page


AROUND THE COUNTRY MARION COUNTY, TN. HELICOPTER CRASH A Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter struck a power line in Marion County, TN and crashed, killing the two officers on board. By Ben Benton and Carmen Nesbitt, Chattanooga Times Free Press MARION COUNTY, TN — Two Tennessee law enforcement officers died in a helicopter crash in Marion County on Tuesday afternoon, officials said. One was Marion County Sheriff’s Detective Matt Blansett and the other Tennessee Highway Patrol Sergeant Lee Russell. Tennessee Highway Patrol officials held a news conference late Tuesday night outside of Whiteside Church of God. “Today is a very tragic day for law enforcement,” THP Capt. Travis Plotzer said at the news conference. The investigation is ongoing and in its “infancy,” Plotzer said. “What I would ask while the investigation is ongoing, please give the family their privacy as we go forward,” Plotzer said. “Please give them their time to start comprehending what they’re going through.” Officials would not take any further questions. The helicopter struck a power line around 3 p.m. Tuesday on Sergeant Lee Russell Aetna Mountain near Whiteside, Tennessee, officials said. The collision caused the power lines to fall across Interstate 24 at mile marker 163, shutting down eastbound traffic while officers searched for the wreck. The highway has since reopened. Marion County Mayor David Jackson confirmed the crash to the Chattanooga Times Free Press earlier Tuesday. “A THP chopper did get into some power lines and went down,” Jackson said in a phone interview. Detective Matt Blansett On Facebook, the office of Scott County Sheriff Ronnie Phillips expressed condolences to the two victims. “Our deepest condolences for our Tennessee Highway Patrol family and that of Sgt. Lee Russell, along with his passenger, a Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy, were both killed this afternoon in a terrible helicopter crash while serving the citizens of the State of Tennessee,” the post said. “God bless these dedicated law enforcement officers and their families during this unimaginable time. #GodSpeed.” The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office issued a similar statement, saying, “Tonight we mourn the loss of Sgt. Lee Russell with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and brothers and sisters of THP. ... We also ask for thoughts and prayers for the Marion County Deputy who was killed in the crash, their family, friends and coworkers.” The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office also praised Russell and offered solemn thoughts and prayers. “As many are aware, Trooper Russell provided vital assistance to our department on numerous occasions,” the department posted on Facebook. “The safety of the people of Hardin County was protected, in part, because of Trooper Lee’s service.” A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said late Tuesday in an email the aircraft was a Bell 206 helicopter that struck a power line and crashed in a wooded area. Two people were on board, officials said. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates, officials said. 38 The BLUES The BLUES 39

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