Auxiliary Commendations and Awards - Troop F

 

In addition to the regular responsibilities performed on a daily basis by the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary, sometimes special recognition is awarded to very deserving members. Here are a few of such acknowledgments of service, bravery and/or valor. Your efforts are appreciated by the FHP, FHPA and the citizens of Florida.

Trooper of the Year - 2005

This award is the highest and most prestigious recognition that will be bestowed upon any member of the FHPA. It must result from an incident or activity which will satify one or a combination of the following requirements: Exceptional service to the State, community, or troop; Outstanding bravery; Exceptional furtherance of basic police purposes and/or Great personal danger. Capt. Osborn was sited in all of the areas. 

Trooper of the Year - 2006

This award is the highest and most prestigious recognition that will be bestowed upon any member of the FHPA. It must result from an incident or activity which will satify one or a combination of the following requirements: Exceptional service to the State, community, or troop; Outstanding bravery; Exceptional furtherance of basic police purposes and/or Great personal danger. Major John Prescott was instramental in recruiting new members and managing the growth of the troop from just under 30 members to over 60 sworn members. 

Advisory Council Excellence Award (ACE) - 2011
Capt. Dave Bush

The Advisory Council Excellence (ACE) Award recognizes sworn and non-sworn members who have demonstrated exemplary performance during calendar year 2011. The award went to Capt. Dave Bush, Ft. Myers Unit Commander. Captain Bush's dedication to the needs of the FHP and support were part of the reason for his award. The ACE Award is funded by the Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Council

Trooper of the Quarter - 1st Quarter 2014
Capt. Wade Osborn

On Sunday, March 19, 2014 the Venice Unit was called out to help shut down I-75 from exit 179 to exit 182 due to extremely limited visibility from a large brush fire in the North Port area. As the smoke cleared, we, along with zone troopers, were asked to monitor traffic as the traffic backup cleared. Capt. Osborn was behind a vehicle that had no lights on (after dark) and was clearly not operating the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver was drifting into and out of the other lane, speeding up and backing off. Capt. Osborn was alert to the fact that two FHP troopers had 10-50's at the top of the upcoming overpass. Concerned the vehicle may cause a serious hazard to the Troopers on the side of the bridge at the top of the overpass; Capt. Osborn turned on his lights and pulled the vehicle over. Which the driver did right away. Capt. Osborn, at the same time, advised the Comm. Center he was 10-50 and gave his location. Capt. Osborn then called on his cell phone Sgt. Randy Head, supervisor of the incident scene. Sgt. Head approved Capt. Osborn's actions. Capt. Osborn walked to the vehicle to advise the driver her headlights were not on and inquire why she was driving erratically. He noticed a clear presence of the smell of alcohol from the vehicle. He also noticed six open containers of beer on the seat next to the driver along with two unopened ones. Capt. Osborn called Comm. Center to request one of the two troopers just ahead respond when available. They did and determined the driver was S-1 and she was placed under arrest and her vehicle was impounded. Because of Capt. Osborn's actions the possibility of serious injury to two of our full time Troopers and innocent public drivers was averted.

Advisory Council Excellence Award (ACE) - 2012
Sgt. Rob Aponte

The Advisory Council Excellence (ACE) Award recognizes sworn and non-sworn members who have demonstrated exemplary performance during calendar year 2012. The award this year went to Sgt. Rob Aponte of the Ft. Myers Unit. Sgt. Aponte has been active in responding to the needs of the Ft. Myers unit. The ACE Award is funded by the Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Council

Advisory Council Excellence Award (ACE) - 2013
Lt. Montie Dowling

The Advisory Council Excellence (ACE) Award recognizes sworn and non-sworn members who have demonstrated exemplary performance during calendar year 2013. The award this year went to Lt. Montie Dowling, of the Clewiston Unit. Lt. Dowling is the Clewiston Unit Commander and very active in outreach projects in his area. The ACE Award is funded by the Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Council

Advisory Council Excellence Award (ACE) - 2014
Trooper Joe Filice

The Advisory Council Excellence (ACE) Award recognizes sworn and non-sworn members who have demonstrated exemplary performance during calendar year 2014. The award this year went to Trooper Joe Filice of the Northern District. Trooper Joe Filice is a firearms instructor, armorer and is Taser certified. The ACE Award is funded by the Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Council

Trooper of the Quarter - 1st Quarter 2015
Trooper Joe Filice

Trooper Joe Filice has been selected as the Trooper of the Quarter for the first quarter 2015. Trooper Filice has put in many hours in support of the FHP including a great deal of training and qulifing to help lessen the load on full time troopers. Here ae some of the areas he has training in. 

 

Glock Armorer:
Trooper Filice paid for his initial certification and his recertification. The classes were $195 each.  It is a one day class so I have two days invested in training. Last year, he completed 77 inspections, spent 113 hours and drove 1,260 miles.  This year, thanks to the radio PMs, he didn't have to travel all over the troop tracking people down so it went much smoother.  So far this year Trooper Filice has done 91 complete inspections and 6 function checks on spares that haven't been issued since last year.   He spent approximately 95 hours and drove 1,108 miles. Trooper Filice has put together his own armorer's kit and probably has around $300 invested.

AR Armorer:
Trooper Filice attended the AR armorer course which was two days plus one day for travel.  This course was paid by the FHP.   He put together his own set of armorer tools for rifles and probably have around $200 invested.

 

Taser Instructor:
The ‘Taser’ instructor class was a two day class plus 4 hours of on-line training.  Last year Trooper Filice helped Sgt. Contessa with three taser classes.  Two were in Bradenton and one in Ft. Myers.  For the Bradenton classes he took half days off from work but, due to the distance, the Ft. Myers class required he take the whole day. Trooper Filice has alerted Lt. Roberts, our new training coordinator, to the fact that he is a Taser instructor so he will keep Trooper Filice in mind when the re-certification classes start up again.
 

Trooper Joe Filice (Cont)

 

General Instructor:

While Trooper Filice was employed with the Department of Corrections, he had an opportunity to take the Instructor Techniques course at Hendry C.I.  It was paid for by the Department of Corrections and was an 8 day course.  That was the course that was the prerequisite to any high-liability courses.

Firearms instructor:
The course was 5 days and was paid by FHP.  For his internship, Trooper Filice assisted Trooper Roldan Rodriguez with Applicant Sean Kittleson's Glock Transition class.  The class plus travel was about 12 hours.  Since he has been certified, he has assisted at the range twice. Both were full days. Once was for the regular auxiliary requalification and once was the makeup day. 

Other training:
Although not directly applicable to the FHP, but to add to his skills as a firearms instructor, he took the NRA Basic Pistol instructor course.  It was two days and cost $285.  Next Trooper Filice took the NRA Rifle instructor course in Deland, Florida.  It cost $225 and will also be two days.  Trooper Filice also joined the local ‘Toastmaster's club’ to work on my public speaking and presentation skills in an effort to become a more effective instructor.

Each month Trooper Filice gives a short training session during the Bradenton unit meetings and usually has an hour or two invested in preparation and research.

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