Local state trooper honored

Published 12:58 am Wednesday, October 20, 2010

MONTGOMERY — Alabama State Trooper Edkenjunta Jones, who works from the Selma Post, was one of four law enforcement heroes named Tuesday by Attorney General Troy King.

Sgt. Robert Hayes of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office earned the statewide award; Trooper Thomas K. Autrey, the Northern District award and Sgt. James P. Davis of the Fairhope Police Department earned the Southern District Award and joined Jones, the Middle District winner in the honor at a luncheon at the 2010 Law Enforcement Summit in Montgomery.

Jones joined the Alabama Department of Public Safety in June 2006. He is among the top troopers with the highest DUI arrests within the Selma Post.

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One example of Trooper Jones’ work occurred recently on County Road 30 in Dallas County. He observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and immediately activated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. The driver refused to immediately stop which resulted in a short pursuit. When the vehicle stopped, the driver exited his vehicle and Trooper Jones cautiously approached the driver while verbally commanding the driver to turn around and place his hands behind his back. The driver refused to be handcuffed. After a brief struggle, the driver was overpowered and arrested.

The luncheon also honored those who lost their lives to protect their communities. Those honored posthumously included Deputy James Anderson, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, who died Sept. 20, 2009, from injuries he sustained when he was intentionally struck by the driver of an automobile while Anderson was making a traffic stop; Officer Philip Mahan Davis of the Pelham Police Department, shot and killed on Dec. 4, 2009, while making a traffic stop; and Sgt. Mylon Thompson “Tommy” Bishop Jr. of the Guntersville Police Department, who on Jan. 1 died from complications of a gunshot wound he sustained 16 years earlier while responding to a domestic disturbance.