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photo of Trooper Pruitt
End of Watch:   Monday, July 13, 1981

Trooper Pruitt was in an airplane crash in St. John's County while assisting in the search for two suspects wanted for breaking and entering. Corporal Cleo Tomlinson and Trooper Merle Cook were also lost in this crash. Trooper Pruitt had served the citizens of Florida, with the Florida Highway Patrol, for 5 years

His career with FHP began April 16, 1976. He was in the 51st recruit class in Tallahassee, from June 7 to September 3, 1976.  He was stationed in Pinellas Park and Fernandina Beach.  At the time of his death, he was 37.

NOTE:  Some of this information has been provided with the permission of The Officer Down Memorial Page Website.   Also available on the ODMP, you may view or leave reflections about this officer.

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