Publisher’s Note: I was very proud to see our Tennessee General Assembly show our support for law enforcement—especially those that protect serve and protect our Tennessee highways and state capitol. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is tasked with ensuring that our state is a safe, secure place in which to live, work and travel; enforce the law with integrity; and provide customer-focused services professionally and efficiently. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is responsible for investigating accidents involving property damage, personal injury, and fatalities.
Tennessean’s are much appreciated to Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee General Assembly are supportive of law enforcement have alloctated monies in the state budget hiring 142 new state troopers, as well as more school resource officers and 122 new homeland security officers in all 95 counties to help protect our children.
On April 21, 2023, the Tennessee General Assembly honored two troopers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s (THP) Capitol Protection Unit (CPU). The sergeants, Denney Mitchell and Adam Simpkins, had responded to a report of a man standing along the outer edge of the James Robertson Parkway Bridge, threatening to jump to the street below.
Upon receiving the notification, the sergeants quickly made their way from the State Capitol Building on Martin Luther King Boulevard to the scene. They approached the man and Sergeant Mitchell attempted to calm him down, saying, “I am going to give you a hug, brother, and everything is going to be okay.” He then pulled the man over the railing of the bridge to safety.
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Sergeants Mitchell and Simpkins stayed with the man, providing him with comfort and security until officers from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and first responders from the Nashville Fire Department arrived on the scene.
Their heroic efforts did not go unnoticed. The Tennessee General Assembly led by Rep. Lowell Russell (R—Vonore) honored both troopers at the state capitol on Friday, April 21, 2023, in recognition of their bravery and selflessness in their line of service.
“I am impressed but not surprised by the quick and calm response from Sergeants Denney Mitchell and Adam Simpkins,” said THP Colonel Matt Perry. “Both men have been trained to assist with mental health crisis calls, and I am grateful we are talking about a positive outcome for this man during what is clearly a hard time in his life. Their actions demonstrate one of the many ways that members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol are always ready to help in someone’s time of need.”