We report with great sorrow the loss of Retired Corporal Nick Rivera, who was currently serving as an active reserve member for the Florida Highway Patrol in Troop A. Corporal Rivera was known and loved by many. He was our dear friend and served honorably and will be truly missed. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this time of mourning.
The Florida Highway Patrol and Auxiliary stepped up to provide assistance to residents in the Panhandle of Florida. Over 600 full time troopers were 'assigned' to the area to provide assistance wherever and whenever needed. They are assisting in all aspects during relief efforts. Thanks Troopers for taking time away from your families at this time of need.
Friday, February 12th was a very sad day for citizens and State Troopers as we say goodbye to a great man who many people that knew him said he was always smiling. Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Timothy Burtcher will be laid to rest today, surrounded by family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances, paying their respects to a great man whom we lost in an unexpected tragedy. Rest in peace Tim and keep on smiling.
Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary awarded by the State of Florida for service.
On Tuesday, 12/8/2015 Major John Prescott accepted the "Champion of Service Award" at the State Capitol in Tallahassee from Governor Rick Scott for "Strengthening our state with significant and meaningful service." The award was accepted on behalf of the 220+ Auxiliary Sworn State Troopers in Florida. Also in attendance was the Florida State Cabinet (Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, CFO Jeff Atwater and Commissioner Adam Putnam. Colonel Gene Spalding [State commander FHP] commented on the outstanding job the Auxiliary does to support the FHP mission and how pleased he is that the FHPA is being recognized for their service. Also in attendance was Major Michael Fraher and Lt. Barrie Glover. This award is a well deserved recognition for the hundreds of Auxiliary Troopers that put their lives on the line to support the mission of the FHP and to make Florida a better and safer place to live and visit. All members of the FHP and FHPA should take pride in this recognition by the Governor and the Florida Cabinet. It was a great day for the Auxiliary Troopers. This recognition is shared by ALL Auxiliary members past and present..
Auxiliary Senior Staff meets with FHP Colonel Spalding
On November 13, 14 & 15 Senior members of the Auxiliary from around the state meet in Orlando with our new Colonel Spalding, Lt. Colonel Thomas, Chief Duarte & Lt. Woodson to discuss the goals and objectives of the FHP/FHPA from this point forward. There are many opprotunities for Auxiliary to be more active in serving the FHP and the State of Florida.
12 New Auxiliary Members Sworn in by Colonel Spalding
On Saturday September 26th 12 new Auxiliary Troopers from around the state were honored as they took the oath of office from Colonel Gene Spalding. Troop A: Trooper Peter Baire, Troop B: Trooper Jessica Sabo. Troop C: Trooper Emile Hawkins. Troop D: Trooper Andres Cepeda, Trooper Jonahan Gregorie, Trooper Marvin Foster, Trooper Victor Rivera. Troop F: Trooper Michael Prescott, Trooper Anthony Shaw. Troop G: Trooper Daniel Powell, Trooper Adam Saben. Troop L: Trooper Colin Hudson.
NOTE: All of the pictures from the graduation are on on the "Photo Gallery" drop down menu (above). Or you may click on the icon above right.
Major John Prescott Recognized as One of
ABC's-7 "Seven Who Care"
ABC-TV 7 in Sarasota has an annual program titled “Seven Who Care”. The station selects 7 community members that have been nominated for their community service to receive this honor. My wife, Judy, submitted me for consideration for this recognition as a result of my volunteering to the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary. I am pleased to advise you that I was, in fact, selected as one of the 2015 Seven Who Care recipients.
The award ceremony was held Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 11:30 AM at a luncheon at Michael’s on East restaurant in Sarasota.
TV-7 interviewed Trooper Ken Watson and I, in uniform. Then I took the reporter and camera-man for a short ‘ride-a-long’ to capture what ‘the Auxiliary job’ is like. They put together short video introductions for each of the selected Seven Awardees.
This honor was a great opportunity to give FHP and FHPA some positive exposure. I hope you enjoy. I also want to thank the Troopers that supported this process. Chief Spence Price, Capt. John Donovan, Capt. Conner Cardwell, Lt. Randy Head, Lt. Joseph Bowers, Master Trooper Ken Watson, Master Trooper Barbara Ehrhart, and Trooper Roldan Rodriguez.
Play the video below.
Rob Aponte promoted to South District FHPA Commander.
Lt. Rob Aponte is now Captain Rob Aponte and Commander ot the South District. Major John Baumann administered the Oath of Office.
Let us all congratulate and remember the ones that served so long ago and today.(sound up on your unit.)
Members of Troop E - Miami go the extra mile to serve.
Regional Duty Officer out of the Miami District reported the following: "I dispatched Trooper Carlos Garcia and Aux Trooper George Cancio to a pedestrian on the interstate. A female that has been walking on the interstate since the morning time. The time they found her was around 8:00 pm. She said she has been walking for a couple of days on her way to Key West from Miami. She said she had no money.
Trooper Cancio and Garcia took the liberty of transporting her to a McDonalds, bought her food and gave her $20.00 out of their own wallet. This act of kindness needs to be addressed in a time that people see a lot of negativity with law enforcement."
This is a great example of fulltime and Auxiliary troopers working together to make Florida a safer place. Thanks to RDO Alex Pelaez (center), Troopers Garcia (right) and Cancio (left) for a job well done!!!!
Lt. Montie Dowling's wife of over 40 years passed away this past week.
Lt. Montie Dowling's wife, Shirley Chase, age 68, went home to rejoice with her Savior on April 24, 2015. She passed peacefully at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Sebring, FL. The Florida Highway Patrol and Auxiliary had a very respectful turnout in support of our brother at this difficult time in his life. More than 30 troopers attended the funeral service.
Two new Commendations on the Commendation Page.
On Thursday, June 25th members of the North District gathered to celebrate Trooper Joe Filice being recognized as "Trooper of the Quarter", 1st Qtr. 2015 for his dedication and outstanding support of the FHP Mission. See more details of his support on the "Commendations" page of this website.
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On April 15th Charlotte County hosted a dinner to celebrate and thank the men and women that work everyday to insure our residents and visitors have the services and emergency responders needed for a safe Florida.
Two of the attendee's awarded for "Outstanding Service to the Citizens of Charlotte County" were Auxiliary Major Wade Osborn and Senior Trooper Jeff Hause
Governor’s Veterans Service Award honors Floridians who have served in the U.S. Military.
WHEREAS, it is proper that all Floridians honor America’s military veterans, including Florida’s more than 1.5 million living veterans, through whose selfless service and sacrifice we enjoy freedom and liberty. As a result, the Governor of Florida created executive order number 14-88 “The Governor’s Veterans Service Award” to honor Florida Veterans.
Troop F has a new "patrol" golf cart with lights and siren. Thanks to Major Wade Osborn.
ACE Auxiliary awarded in Troop F - Capt. Osborn promotted to Major.
On Saturday, November 12th the ACE awards were handed out in Troop F. Wade Osborn was also promoted to Major, Troop Auxiliary Commander.
State and local promotions.
Major John Baumann has been assigned Commander of Troop F
The Florida Highway Patrol has a new Commander. The members and officers of the FHPA welcomes Colonel Gene Spalding
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