Dear Major Bratt, Captain Conrad, & Sargent Smart,
Last Saturday night, I was privileged to experience a ride along with Trooper Gingles. I was told most nights are not as busy as we experienced (two DUI’s with arrests and a number of stops for different infractions). The time spend was both a great eye opener, as well as renewed appreciation for those who serve us in law enforcement.
I first met Trooper Gingles 2 years ago through a mutual acquaintance and we quickly became friends, so my praise of his work may be somewhat biased. It was obvious from the beginning his goal was to be a State Trooper. His father and brother are both troopers in Texas so it would be safe to say his wanting to be a Trooper is in his DNA.
I watched him interact both with the people he stopped and the other law enforcement people. I was impressed with the respect he was afforded. Even the people he stopped reacted in a way which showed appreciation for the way Trooper Gingles addressed them and dealt with their situation.
I was particularly pleased with the reaction of a 19-year-old who was arrested for DUI. As we were leaving the jail, Trooper Gingles was explaining his citation, what was ahead, and his options. It was at this point that the young man thanked him for how he was treated and expressed how this was going to be a life changing event. We hope that proves to be true. I am confident that the way he was treated made it easier for him to come to that conclusion. He was angry with himself and not Trooper Gingles. I attended Trooper Gingles graduation and listened to and saw the high standards the patrol has. In a society which seems to be questioning our authorities, I can be assured the “Trooper Gingles” of this world are holding and even exceeding the standards and are a great testimony to the communities they serve. I turned 70 this year and knowing there is a generation of young men and women who are now “at bat” brings confidence about the future and the many challenges you are and will be facing. So to you, Major Bratt, Captain Conrad, and Sargent Smart, who now have the baton of leadership, thank you for how you do your job. We are a better place because of your service. Again, thank you for the opportunity to experience a ride along. It was a night I will not forget and gave me an increased appreciation for the Colorado Highway Patrol.
Thank you and well done,
My name is Piera Bocciarelli and my father’s name is Piero Bocciarelli. I want to let you know what a difference two of your staff made in our lives; namely, Trooper Boepple 1042 and Trooper Chris Baillargeon 0763.
I need to share some background with you that puts this story in its proper perspective. I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico (having moved from Colorado three years ago), and my father lives in Edina, Minnesota. On June 15, 2015, my only sister, my father’s first daughter Gia, committed suicide. She lived in Aurora, Colorado. I was generally responsible for all things related to this news. We planned the service in Denver for July 25, 2015. My dad flew into New Mexico to provide support and to drive with me back and forth to Denver. One of the very difficult things we had to do was to go through all of my sister’s earthly possessions. We did not have much time to accomplish this task. We rented a Silverado. The service was on Saturday the 25th. On Sunday, the 26th my dad and I and my cousin went through Gia’s things, trying to decide what to take, what to toss….this was tremendously hard as each item seemed so significant. On Monday the 27th my dad and I picked up the Silverado. I need to stress that it was just him and I loading the truck (my dad turned 78 on the 24th of June). We had many boxes; and our big items were a queen mattress pad and box spring and a solid wood queen sleigh bed. Needless to say, after all we had been through, we were emotionally drained and physically exhausted. We packed as best we could and put both the box spring and pad upright in the truck. We had packed everything very tight.
The first three hours of our trip were uneventful. However, my dad was concerned because the mattress pad was flipping back and forth. We stopped at one point and took a look-keeping in mind our mental state, we decided it was okay. We both had our cell phones and agreed to stay close to one another at all times on the highway. We proceeded down 1-25 Southbound. I believe we had passed through Trinidad, but I am not sure. What I am certain of is that we were on the part of the highway were there are no stops for miles and miles. There is nowhere to turn off or turn around. I was tooling along, completely oblivious to what was happening… A few moments later, I looked in my side mirror for my dad. He was nowhere to be seen. I panicked. He is not from the area. Had he called? I pulled over and called him. He answered and sounded very scared. He said the mattress pad had come loose and flown off into the highway. It landed in the furthest left lane and he had to run out by himself and move it to the right side of the road so no one would get hurt. He was very worried and grateful that the mattress had not affected another motorist. I was many miles ahead. I did not know what to do, there was nowhere to turn around-not even an emergency vehicle turnoff. I put the truck in reverse and put on my hazards. This was quite dangerous as highway traffic was rushing by within a few feet of my vehicle. I finally realized it was safer to turn around and drive facing the oncoming traffic.
When I got to my dad there was also a State Trooper vehicle behind him. He had not realized that the trooper was there. I believe this was Trooper Boepple. Trooper Boepple questioned what was happening. He asked if I was the one driving backwards on the highway, I said yes, he said he had received many calls. I figured we were in big trouble. The mattress was still akimbo on the side of the road. Dad and I proceeded to (barely) get the mattress back into the truck. All the contents had shifted making it very hard to maneuver. It was also the hottest part of the day 95 plus degrees and full sun. Boepple said he would watch us drive away to make sure we were okay. I proceeded to drive off. I went a moment and dad called on my phone. The mattress flew out yet again…I still did not even notice. I then backed up again…This time, a second trooper had arrived to the scene, Trooper Baillargeon. My dad mentioned his daughter/my sister had just passed and we were bringing back some of her things. He stated something to the effect that he could just cry. Well, I did…I couldn’t help myself. I was so scared, tired and frustrated. By now the mattress was very torn and I was tempted to get rid of it, but how?
The troopers talked and decided that we would need to unload all of the items and repack them. (Perhaps this is when I started crying). I jumped into the back of the truck and quite feebly tried to move the items. Then lo’ and behold, the troopers “took over.” They took all the contents of the truck, very carefully, and placed it on the side of the highway. Then, Boepple, Baillargeon and my dad strategized how best to safely pack the items. Once they reached a decision, it was these fine gentlemen who packed all the contents back into the truck. They lifted the mattress, box spring and all the heavy boxes. Then, they took our bungee cords and really took their time placing them so that nothing could come loose. I am not sure how much time passed, but I think it took at least 40 minutes or longer. My father and I then drove off, with the troopers watching one final time to make sure we could continue our journey. My father and I cannot begin to express our gratitude to these men. I cannot imagine if we had stumbled across a trooper who was less compassionate or empathetic to our plight. We could have been ticketed and left to deal with the problem ourselves. We probably would have lost our minds if that had been the case.
I believe troopers Boepple and Baillargeon were sent as helpers from “up above”. They clearly went above and beyond the call of duty. Furthermore, they are shining examples of the Colorado State Patrol Mission in that they ensured a safe and secure environment for all, while reflecting honor, duty and above all respect. They also were true to the Colorado State Patrol Vision in providing unwavering professionalism.
I apologize for the delay in getting this commendation to you. I am copying the Governor and a Public Information Officer who will hopefully inform Colonel Scott G. Hernandez, Chief, of this praise. Thank you for serving the fine State of Colorado Trooper Boepple and Trooper Baillargeon. My dad and I appreciate how hard any public officer who serves in the line of duty works. But since that day, we developed a new respect.
Finally, I have attached a picture of me and my father so you can put a face with a name. We are real people with real life issues and these outstanding men treated as a such.
Respectfully and with tremendous gratitue,
Piera E. Bocciarelli
Please accept my apologies....I've been meaning to drop your agency a note for a few weeks to commend one of your troopers. My wife and I would like to pass along our thanks to Trooper Schaaf (employee number 7729). Early one morning a few weeks ago, my son received a traffic citation from another trooper for speeding. Unfortunately, in a panic, our son was unable to produce the most current insurance card for his car. Later that evening I happened upon Trooper Schaaf at the Colorado Springs Chapel Hills Mall and I had a few questions concerning processing of the ticket and court dates. Our son is scheduled to depart for a six-month volunteer assignment to Africa, but his departure date is approximately 45 days before his court date.
When I initially spoke with Trooper Schaaf, he was in the midst of assisting another motorist. However, as soon as he was at a natural breaking point with the first motorist, he immediately proceeded to answer my initial questions. More importantly, he gave me his card and offered for us to could call him later that evening with any follow-on questions.
During my two conversations Trooper Schaaf, he patiently listened to my explanation of the situation, empathized with us as another parent, answered all our questions and provided advice on how we might request a change to our son's court date; enabling him to still depart for Africa. Based on Trooper Schaaf's advice, and working with the local courts, we were successful in moving our son's court date up. It now appears he will still be able to meet his commitment with the African non-profit organization --albeit with a valuable lesson learned about paying closer attention to his driving in the future.
Please pass along our sincere thanks to this fine professional--in my humble opinion, Trooper Schaaf is a great envoy for our State Patrol. Again, I'm sorry it took some time to get this note to your office.
I was recently pulled over by Trooper Erickson on our way from Arkansas to Steamboat Springs, CO. Trooper Erickson was nothing but professional during this traffic stop. He clocked me speeding while I was passing a truck. He was absolutely correct in that I was speeding; however he informed me as to “this is what I saw”. I informed him what his saw was completely true. I also informed him that I have never had a ticket or a wreck in my life. On April 12th I will turn 40. Not sure if that helped or not, but I thought…why not!
Trooper Erickson could have made this trip start off on the wrong foot for sure; however what he did was correct my mistake with a warning. Yes, I was speeding and yes I should have been aware of the wildlife around this area and the fact that I would not have been able to stop in time. My family was with me that day and he understood that it wasn’t necessarily the wildlife he was concerned about….it was our safety.
He left me with a strong warning that I took very seriously. I can tell you that my cruise control was set from that moment to the correct speed limit.
I want to ensure that he and his superior get a copy of this email not only to say “thank you” to Trooper Erickson, but to also tell him that what he did that day was the right thing. The only reason I was speeding is to get around another vehicle. He was fair and gracious and I appreciate that very much.
By the way, we had the best time in Steamboat Springs!
Steve, Director – Human Resources
"Dear Trooper Pettit, Today marks 21 months since I met you. You came to my door on February 10, 2013 at about 5:30 am to advise me that my daughter had been in an accident. By far the most horrific event in my life and you had to be the one to tell me. I want you to know that I have thought about you so many times and how very kind you were. You and Linda Hunter were both so patient with my confusion and disbelief. I felt so badly that you had to do that part of your job because I could tell it hurt you both."
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I was visiting my daughter and her husband and my first-born grandson of eight weeks in Denver last week. My wife and I are from Myrtle Beach area of SC and we were in Denver for a few days. My son-in-law insisted we go to a local burger joint where he said they had greatest food, etc. It was dark on the evening of the 18th -- I was nervously trying to follow my kids in a separate car on unfamiliar interstate at a busy time of evening -- I looked into rearview to see law enforcement lights. I pulled off road: this is something like the third time in my life I've been stopped for anything, so I was nervous -- I was also in a rental car, in a strange car, in a strange city. An officer, Hancey, pulled me for no headlights. He told me it was not the first time an out-of-towner in a rental car had not used his headlights correctly and that he was only warning me. He gave me a little verbal reminder of how dangerous it could be driving without proper working lights, etc. He ran my license and rental paperwork and returned to give me an all-clear and also took time to give details on how to get to my destination. I'd like you to thank this trooper -- Officer Hancey was professional, gentlemanly, and he was an approachable young man with a level headed demeanor. I would have paid a fine, but was glad to get a warning -- but mostly, I was impressed that this officer took time to be friendly in a professional manner. I was impressed. Please pass along my respectful thanks to your officer and I wish officer Hancey and all the CSP a Merry Christmas -- thank you all so much for the good work you do.
Gary from South Carolina