Friday, February 18, 2011

Local Troopers, Dispatcher Honored By State

Trooper Willie Allison has been named Trooper of the Year for the Cookeville District of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. A Strike Team member, officials say Trooper Allison tops the Cookeville District in several areas of enforcement. They say he continually makes an impact in roadway safety and leads by example with his attitude, appearance and work ethic. Described as a consummate team-player, Allison can always be counted on to assist other Troopers, change shifts or volunteer for special assignments. He also serves his community as an alderman in Baxter, Tennessee. Meanwhile, Trooper Michael Loftis nabbed the Interdiction-East Trooper of the Year honor. Loftis leads the Cookeville Interdiction Plus Team. He has seized 46 pounds of marijuana and more than $19,000 in cash. Loftis has also garnered a high number of traffic stops, including DUI’s, Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Inspections, revoked and suspended driver licenses and weapons and narcotics charges. And Johnathan Isleman has been posthumously awarded the Dispatcher of the Year honor for the Cookeville District. After serving the Department of Safety and Homeland Security for 12 years, Isleman lost his battle with cancer in August of 2010. State Troopers described him as the type of dispatcher they wanted on the other end of the radio. He was friendly, professional and had a passion for the job. They say he had a desire to exceed all expectations and set a positive example for his co-workers. He even dispatched from his hospital bed.