On Aug. 1, FHP Director Col. David Brierton presented Trooper Jose Ramirez with the 2014 Hurd-Smith award for arresting 183 impaired drivers in 2013. This is the second time Trooper Ramirez has been the recipient of this award. He was first recognized in 2012. Trooper Ramirez has consistently pursued and apprehended impaired drivers since he began his career with the Florida Highway Patrol and his efforts have helped the Patrol make our highways safer for Florida's residents and visitors.
The Hurd-Smith award distinguishes the trooper who makes the most Driving Under the Influence arrests for the year, in honor of two troopers who were killed in the line of duty by drunk drivers. Trooper Kimberly Hurd served the people of Florida for six years. On July 16, 1992, she was conducting a traffic stop on Interstate-95 in Fort Lauderdale when a passing van struck and killed her. The intoxicated driver fled the scene, but was later apprehended and convicted. At the time of her death, she was 26 years old. Trooper Robbie Smith served the people of Florida for four years. On July 26, 1997, Smith was in his patrol car in the emergency lane of I-95 in Miami after completing a traffic stop when a drunk driver travelling at an excessive speed struck his car from behind. At the time of his death, he was 34.
MADD and FHP recognized seven troopers from across the state as Century Achievers for their efforts to remove impaired drivers from the roadways by making more than 100 DUI arrests in 2013: Troopers Anthony Palese, Deborah Hawkins, Gregory Healy, Jose Ramirez, Joshua Evans, Niles Daughtry and Sgt. Mark Castleberry.
Congratulations to all our Troopers.