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Kansans go crazy when Trooper Ben and Eric Stonestreet meet and sign off with sirens

Modern Family actor and a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper talk about safe driving

Eric Stonestreet talk about seatbelts, learns about the different sirens in a police car, and discusses the Teen Traffic Safety Conference with Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner.
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Eric Stonestreet talk about seatbelts, learns about the different sirens in a police car, and discusses the Teen Traffic Safety Conference with Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner.

"Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet once wanted to be a patrolman just like Trooper Ben Gardner — better known as @TrooperBenKHP with the Kansas Highway Patrol.

“I don’t think I’ve told you this," Stonestreet told Gardner in a video posted to Gardner's Twitter feed. "My degree from college at K-State is sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice. I wanted to be a highway patrolman."

And it's not too late.

“We can still make that happen," Gardner replied.

Stonestreet declined after mentioning he once went on a night ride-a-long in Kansas City. The trooper he was with had to tell a family member that a loved one had died in a crash. That task stuck with him, he said.

The two talked in Gardner's patrol car for a four-minute video about the importance of seat belts and troopers as part of a welcome to the Kansas Teen Transportation Safety Conference.

“I just had a friend in a crash in Los Angeles and he literally said a seat belt saved his life," Stonestreet said. "It was a complete rollover. Somebody got their shoulder really badly hurt, but he said no doubt, the seat belt saved his life."

Gardner said they couldn't make a traffic stop during the video, so they signed out instead — with sirens, of course.

And people around them "freaked out" at the sound of sirens, Gardner said.

Twitter followers went crazy after seeing the duo together.

Before the video, Stonestreet traveled through Gardner's hometown of Lindsborg, Kansas.

"Asked them if they know who Trooper Ben was, and the woman was like 'who?" Stonestreet said. "And I said Trooper Ben, yo."

This isn't the first time Gardner and Stonestreet made headlines together. In March, Stonestreet donated $1 for every follower Gardner got in 24 hours, up to $10,000.

And last year, Gardner was named the Best International Account by the Police Twitter Awards contest. He also went viral with his video about how to use an acceleration lane.

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