February Sworn Team Members of the Month

Sworn Team Member of the MonthSworn Team Member of the Month

Greg A. Weddle and Shawn M. Blackston
Sergeant                         Corporal
Missouri State Highway Patrol

February Non-Sworn Team Member of the Month

Non-Sworn Team Member of the Month

Meghan E. Basinger 
Public Information Specialist III
Missouri State Highway Patrol

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Greg A. Weddle and Corporal Shawn M. Blackston, of Troop I, are the February 2023 DPS Sworn Team Members of the Month for their outstanding initiative and investigative work that resulted in a father and son being reunited 13 years after a child abduction.  

Greg initiated a traffic stop on Interstate 44 in Pulaski County for excessive speed. The driver was unable to produce identification and Greg requested that Shawn come to the scene with a mobile fingerprint scanner to confirm her identity. The driver was identified as one of the state of Texas’ 10 most wanted fugitives with a warrant for parental kidnapping since 2009. Greg and Shawn conducted additional interviews and located her son in St. Peters, Missouri. The Collin County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office was informed of the child’s recovery and notified the father, who responded from Texas to be reunited with his son. Following a routine traffic stop, Greg and Shawn demonstrated outstanding initiative, identifying a wanted criminal suspect, recovering a missing person and reuniting a father and son after 13 years.

Public Information Specialist Meghan E. Basinger, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Public Information and Education Division, is the February 2023 DPS Nonsworn Team Member of the Month. Meghan, who works at Patrol General Headquarters, creates content and manages the Patrol’s multiple social media accounts.

On Aug. 25, 2022, a Patrol account Meghan monitors received emails from a woman experiencing a mental health crisis. The woman said she had been in a traffic crash and felt responsible, that she was extremely depressed, suicidal and that she was having “very bad thoughts.” Meghan utilized information in the emails to identify the woman through her social media accounts.

With the information Meghan obtained, the Patrol was able to determine the traffic crash occurred in the Rolla area. The information was forwarded to Troop I communications staff. Troop I and the Rolla Police Department developed further information, identified the woman, and located her. Meghan’s actions allowed personnel in Troop I to quickly take the appropriate action to help a person in need. Meghan’s attention to detail, dedication, and her strong work ethic led to a positive outcome to what could have been a tragic loss of life. 

 

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