Steve Hallstrom catches up with Tom Herzig and Capt. Bryan Niewind with the ND Highway Patrol. Tom Herzig began his career with the NDHP in September of 1992 when he was hired as a motor carrier inspector at the Minot weight station. Tom attended both Minot State University and Valley City State University. While working at the scale, Tom applied and was accepted as a recruit trooper and attended the Highway Patrol academy in January of 1997. Upon successful of the academy Tom was stationed in Steele, ND for one year, Medina, ND for a year and finally found his longtime home of Jamestown, ND in 1999. Tom worked hard as a traffic trooper throughout those years including being a department K-9 handler to Bailey. Tom and Bailey were very active and placed first at the NDPOA K-9 challenge in 2007 and in 2008. Tom was also the department’s assistant canine trainer for 2 years prior to Bailey retiring. Tom was promoted to the rank of traffic Sergeant in 2011 and remained in Jamestown. Sgt. Herzig worked in that area alongside other city and county law enforcement and fostered a great working relationship between the agencies. Sgt. Herzig spent many hours on the highways in the Jamestown area patrolling and working with the troopers he supervised. In 2019, Tom took a lateral transfer to a motor carrier Sergeants position. The motor carrier region of the NDHP deals primarily with all commercial vehicle operations and regulations. Tom excelled in this area as he had a very broad knowledge base to draw on from his time at the scale and on the road. Tom is certified to conduct level 1 inspections on commercial vehicles and has specialties in hazardous materials and cargo tank inspections. Tom has also served on numerous committees within the agency and was a member of the DUI enforcement team. Tom is currently a member of the NDHP honor guard which is often called on short notice. Tom is married to his wife Trish, and they have one son, Kamden, who is a sophomore at Jamestown High. Kamden competes in track, cross country, band and shooting sports. Trish is the University of Jamestown Director for Student Affairs. Tom is very active in the community and is a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus. Tom has served on the St. John’s Academy school board for the past 6 years – 3 of which as school board President. Tom also was on the building committee for the planning and design of St. John’s academy. Tom is also a member of the St. James Basilica church where he serves on the Parish Council. Tom embodies the mission and values of the NDHP of integrity, loyalty, respect, commitment, accountability, and professionalism in everything he does. Tom is the perfect example of our agency’s mission – making a difference everyday by providing high quality law enforcement service to our citizens.