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Not Enough Pay

November 5, 2008 - Heather Ziegler
I know you all thought every one of us would blog about the aftermath of Tuesday's election, but not me. I think the voters spoke and let's get on with life. What I am going to tell you about is a most interesting arrest a West Virginia State Police trooper made last week near Morgantown. Sgt. G.S. Petsko was performing routine patrol on Interstate 68 when he stopped a vehicle for speeding. When he approached the car, he noted there was an odor of marijuana coming from the car. The driver, later identified as Yahya Abdul-Aleem, gave the trooper a fake name. A passenger in the car also provided false information. The two were placed under arrest. As it turns out, after taking fingerprints to learn the true identity of these men, troopers learned that Abdul-Aleem was wanted in New York City on a charge of murder. He was featured on America's Most Wanted recently as well. It was a good bust for our state troopers and it just shows that our cops never know what they will walk up and find in that car they stop along our West Virginia roads. You could not pay me enough to do what our police do. I know they are trained to expect the worst, but too many times a routine stop turns violent or life-threatening to the officers. Then yesterday, a police officer was killed on Interstate 70 in Washington County, Pa., while trying to remove something from the road. He was only trying to make things safer for others. He was struck by an on-coming truck that also smashed into another truck, killing the other driver as well. I know most police officers don't get into the business thinking about getting rich. They do it because they like the job, like firefighters. It's a career not a job. But again, you could not pay me enough to do what any of them do.


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