Colorado State Patrol
Without the Colorado State Patrol, we'd all be elsewhere this week. Special thanks to the Colorado State Patrol for its continuing magnificent cooperation and vital assistance.The highly-talented Colorado State Patrol motorcycle officers accompanying you, aka “The Motors,” work for your protection. You’ll be amazed at their riding skills and by how much they can help you. They can warn you of road hazards such as wandering cattle, slick surfaces, and accidents. When following them, watch for their hand signal to let you know it’s safe to pass them. If you’re stopped by the side of the road, remember to give them the thumbs-up if you’re OK or the thumbs-down if you need help. Get to know The Motors, they’re great guys!
SERGEANT CHRIS AUGUSTINE
Chris started in 2000 and did his first years in Golden. He helped start the state Homeland Security office in 2004. He moved into commercial motor vehicles while helping to plan the safety and response components for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He was then promoted to sergeant and returned to Golden. Since then he has moved to being responsible for motorcycle operations, special events, and special operations. He is also an aircraft mechanic and enjoys riding motorcycles and spending time in the outdoors.
TROOPER MIKE “PINEY” HARRIS
Mike is a native Hawaiian, which is how he got his nickname. Having started riding motors as a Marine Corps MP in 1983, he joined the Patrol in 1989 and began riding a CSP bike in 1994. Part of the Gaming Troop, “Piney” patrols Blackhawk and Central City, so you Coloradoans may see him near our little Las Vegas in the hills. Having been an instructor at the CSP Academy, he is also an expert in almost every trooper skill. This is his seventh Grand.
TROOPER TRAVIS HOOD
In 1990 Travis started his law enforcement career early as a cadet with both Adams and Arapahoe County Sheriff's Offices. In 1998 he was hired by the Patrol as a dispatcher and was accepted into the Academy. During the last 14 years he has been assigned in Fort Lupton, Keenesburg, and Watkins and is cur- rently stationed in Metro Adams County as a 4th year Motor Officer. Travis had the opportunity to be sworn in as a South Dakota State Trooper temporarily assigned to Sturgis and was a United States Special Deputy Marshal on the security detail for President Obama's inauguration. He is a Field Training Officer and cross-trained in Dignitary Protection. This is his first Grand.
TROOPER GARY CUTLER
Gary started his CSP career in January 2004 and became a motor officer in the spring of 2007; this is his fifth Grand. Stationed in Fort Morgan, he has several specialties, including being a certified VIN inspector, public information officer, and range officer. In his off-time, Gary enjoys cycling, camping, traveling, and writing.
TROOPER GARY “SMILEY” ALLEN
Even after seven Grands, many of you know Gary, but not by his real name. He is known as “Smiley”, and when you see him go by with that ear-to-ear smile, you’ll understand why. Gary joined the CSP in 1996 and has been riding motors for seven years. His specialties include training new troopers as a field training officer and accident specialist. His hobbies include building old cars and flying RC airplanes.
TROOPER DAN FIALLO
We welcome Dan to his rst Colorado Grand! Trooper Dan Fiallo was born and raised in Indiana and joined the Marine Corps in 1990. He retired from the Marines and eventually ended up as a Trooper in Colorado in 2013. He works in Adams County and was certified on a motorcycle in 2015. Dan was married to his wife Amy in 1996 and they have a son Ethan who is 17. He enjoys camping, hunting, and family road trips.
TROOPER CHAD HAYES
We welcome Chad to his first Colorado Grand! Chad is a native of Colorado and joined the Air Force in 1999. After several deployments and a tour in Iraq,he became a Trooper with the Colorado State Patrol in 2007. He continues to serve in the Air Force today as a Senior Master Sergeant with the Military Police. His first duty assignment with the Colorado State Patrol was in Glenwood Springs. After serving here for two years, he transferred to Weld County where he served for four years. While assigned to Weld County, Chad became a Motor Offi cer in 2011. In 2013 he was assigned to the Executive Security Unit in Denver, where he currently works. In his free time, Chad enjoys spending time with his wife, Susan, and 14-month old daughter, Emma. He also enjoys working out, mountain biking, and jet skiing.
TROOPER ROB CASE
We welcome Rob to his first Colorado Grand! Trooper Rob Case, born in California, moved to Colorado in 1991. He started with the patrol in 2007 and was certified on a motorcycle in 2011, Rob was married to Kristy in 2004, and they have three boys, 16, 10 and 7. Hobbies include coaching his boys in football, baseball and wrestling. He also enjoys camping and hunting, and in his free time he enjoys riding his Harley.