JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) -
Sgt. Russ Gordon may have been the only one in the room who was surprised when he was selected 2018 Trooper of the Year.
When he left Rolling Hills Country Club today, he had a new car to drive, a new gun, and a big smile on his face. The look on his face when his name was announced said Gordon, who rescued two missing girls from human trafficking situations and was integral in multiple other operations during 2018, didn’t see it coming. Gordon said the honor should be designated to the whole interdiction unit, of which he is a part.
“The guys on the interdiction unit, we’re a close knit group and we work very closely together. We’re in contact daily with each other about things that are going on not only in our state but across the country,” said Gordon.
Gordon has served in the Highway Patrol for 13 years. In 2018 he seized over 200 pounds of marijuana in two different traffic stops and assisted in the arrests of over 150 wanted criminals. He is currently serving in Troop F.
Col. Chris Gillard said Gordon is an exemplary trooper, especially in the face of the dangerous work done by his unit.
“Russ is a go getter. He’s on our criminal interdiction unit, he has done some outstanding drug busts and some currency seizures for us," Gillard said. "Russ, to you and your wife, congratulations.”
Gordon was quick to say the credit should be shared with the entire interdiction unit, of which he is a part in the New Albany district. In 2018, he seized over 200 pounds of marijuana in two different traffic stops and assisted in the arrests of over 150 wanted criminals.
MHP officials allowed Gordon to choose a new vehicle to drive on duty from a Dodge Charger, a Dodge Durango, and a Ford Explorer. Gordon said he’s partial to the Durango, but only if it’s got room for his K9 partner, Buster.
The two-hour ceremony held by the Exchange Club of North Jackson also honored the Troopers of the Year for each MHP district.