Three new troopers have joined the ranks of the G2 district of the N.C. Highway Patrol in McDowell and Rutherford counties.
Trooper Daniel Alexander, 32, of Nebo, is a McDowell native and 1999 McDowell High School graduate. He and his wife Heather have a 16-month-old son named Steele.
“I love being back home working because I can spend more time with my family,” said Alexander.
Alexander graduated from trooper school in 2011, and spent the past three years serving Watauga County. He enjoys being a state trooper and is looking forward to working in his hometown.
“I just like helping people,” said Alexander. “Helping serve and protect people all the way to helping change a tire on the side of the road.”
In his free time, Alexander enjoys deer hunting.
Another McDowell native, Josh Settlemyre, 24, of Old Fort, is fresh out trooper school and already serving the citizens of McDowell.
Settlemyre graduated from McDowell High School in 2009. He attended Emory and Henry College in southwest Virginia, where he graduated in May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and history. He started trooper school in October of 2013 and finished the program this past May.
“I like getting out and talking to people and helping them out as much as I can,” he said. “I try to have as much interaction with people as possible.”
Settlemyre also enjoys fly fishing and hunting.
Trooper Glenn Tupper, 38, of Marion, has been a McDowell resident since 1998, with a brief stay in Charlotte. He relocated back to the mountains after spending three years as a trooper in Mecklenburg County. Tupper will be stationed in Rutherford County.
“The traffic volume is going to be the biggest change. I primarily worked a lot of interstates in Charlotte,” said Tupper. “(Being a trooper) is something I always wanted and I like helping people and looking out for others. I’m glad to be back home.”
He has been married for 18 years to his wife Julie, and has three sons, Keith, 14; Alex, 4; and Sam, 2. Tupper is originally from Ventura County in southern California. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army and was on active duty for three years as a Specialist E4.
In his spare time, Tupper likes going camping, fishing, and hunting.