Trooper Down!: Life and Death on the Highway Patrol

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Algonquin Books, Apr 3, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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A police reporter offers an up-close look inside the daily lives of North Carolina’s state troopers.
 
Like most law enforcement, their shifts can be filled with long stretches of tedium. They stay at the roadside, watching vehicles rush by, occasionally handing out a speeding ticket or pulling over a drunk driver. Then, suddenly, it can all turn dangerous, when someone pulls a weapon—or heartbreaking, when they are called to the scene of a wreck. This portrait of North Carolina’s elite Highway Patrol recounts both the drama and the day-to-day detail of these state troopers’ lives and work.
 
In interviews and anecdotes, troopers relate stories of manhunts, narrow misses, breathtaking confrontations, strange and hilarious encounters with the public, and aiding the injured and dying in highway accidents, while troopers’ spouses—and widows—tell of the heart-wrenching realities trooper families face. It’s a fascinating look inside a little-known profession, and the lives of the men and women who watch over us as we travel along—preferably obeying traffic laws as we go.

 

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Contents

ILLUSTRATIONS
FOREWORD BY JAMESJ KILPATRICK PREFACE
Prologue
Am I Gonna Die?
Cadets
War Stories
Working the Wrecks
Strange Encounters
Call Me Maam
Badgers SkirtChasers
Wives Widows
Trooper Is Down
Passages When Good Guys Go
The Search for Rambo
Epilogue
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About the author (2012)

Marie Bartlett was born in Melbourne, Australia, but came to this country as a young child and was raised in western North Carolina. As a freelance writer, she has published hundreds of articles in newspapers and magazines, and she has served as a correspondent for the Associated Press. She also writes crime fiction.

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