well given how most reporters don't know a tractor-trailer from a SUV pulling a trailer, or a pick up truck pulling a trailer and calling THAT a "big rig", i wasn't too sure if the reporter knew what that was..!!
That is another meaning of public servant.
Bet those folks were happy to see a trooper at that point.
We carry a small spade shovel in the trucks during winter and I told the boss that's where it will stay.. Like making toothpicks out of logs.