While we usually share a law enforcement story on Thursdays, I think it’s appropriate today – especially in light of this morning’s attacks – to recognize the brave soldiers rescuing those stranded in Afghanistan. The current administration MUST ENSURE that Americans are safely evacuated from Afghanistan, and men and women from across the country are headed overseas to help in this effort.
I wanted to share a heartwarming story this morning about the heroic and life saving work of our Minnesota State Troopers.
On Tuesday, Col. Matt Langer introduced Jenapher Blair to three of the five troopers who recently saved her life by making an emergency “blood run” after the delivery of her third child. After her baby girl was born, Jenapher faced emergency medical complications and required an immediate blood transfusion. However, Hutchinson Health Hospital did not have enough blood for Jenapher and the closest blood donation was 80 miles away.
As many of you may know, the first Tuesday in August is National Neighborhood Night Out, or “Nite 2 Unite.” I hope that you all enjoyed getting to know your neighbors better this past Tuesday evening. And I hope that you had a chance to get to know your local peace officers too! Across Minnesota, our law enforcement professionals took time to stop at all their local neighborhood events and meet those they protect and serve every day.
As many of you may know, St. Cloud’s COP (Community OutPost) House often provides phenomenal opportunities for St. Cloud Police Officers and other law enforcement personnel to meet and build relationships with local residents. This way, more of the work law enforcement does can be proactive and preventative instead of reactive after tragedies have already taken place.
For the past 20 years, several law enforcement agencies in the St. Cloud area have teamed up to offer an eight week course that aims to teach residents about police training and procedures.
The course, named the Metro Citizens Police Academy, is hosted by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and police departments from five surrounding cities: St. Cloud, St. Joseph, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, and Waite Park. It meets on Thursday nights for four hours throughout September and October. Residents of Stearns County can register here before August 28th to join the Academy.