Trooper Tage Toll
Alaska State Trooper Tage Toll died in a helicopter crash late in the evening on Saturday, March 30, 2013. Trooper Toll was riding as the spotter with the Alaska State Trooper Helo 1 pilot, Mel Nading, on a Search and Rescue mission near Larson Lake just a few miles from Talkeetna, Alaska. After locating and loading the victim on the helicopter, Helo 1 relayed to dispatch that they were en route to a location just 10 minutes away to rendezvous with medics. On March 30, 2013 at approximately 10:30 pm communication with Helo 1 was lost. A subsequent search and rescue was launched and in the early morning hours of Easter Sunday, March 31st, the crash site of Helo 1 was located near Larson Lake and there were no survivors.
Trooper Toll was an 11-year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers. Mel Nading was the designated Helo 1 pilot with a special State Trooper commission. Mel Nading had over 900 rescues and 3000 hours flying Helo 1 since 2000. Both Trooper Toll and Mel Nading worked together frequently and routinely placed their lives on the line in a very demanding and dynamic environment. Both men will be sorely missed. Trooper Toll was a member of the Alaska State Trooper Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), a Department pilot, a firearms instructor, the senior Trooper at the Talkeetna Post where he was assigned, a dedicated husband, father, and professional. Prior to Trooper Toll joining the Alaska State Troopers he served in his home state as a Kansas State Trooper for a number of years. Tage, as his fellow Troopers knew him, was committed to the welfare of others whether citizen, family, or fellow trooper. He was kind, compassionate, and thoughtful in all he did. He is survived by his wife and three sons, ages 10, 13, and 17. They are a close family who did everything together. Trooper Tage Toll’s absence will be felt and mourned for some time to come. He will never be forgotten.
Many have asked what they can do to help the Toll and Nading families. Memorial funds have been established by Alaska Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) for the families at Wells Fargo Bank. Contributions to the Toll family may be made to account number 1018256758 ... Contributions to the Nading family may be made to account number 1018256766 . All contributions will go directly to the families. When making donations to the memorial accounts, be sure to let the teller know that the account is a memorial fund.
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March 5, 2013
Dear PSEA Members: The Alaska Legislature's House Finance Committee's proposed operating budget is significantly less than what the Governor requested for the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS). This impacts the safety of all Alaskans, and makes it more difficult for DPS members to do their jobs . A major cut in the House Finance Committee proposed budget is that there will be 6 fewer requested trooper positions.CONTINUE READING
February 11, 2013
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