Duty Officer John Skinner
Congratulations to Duty Officer John Skinner for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Duty Officer of the Quarter for July thru September 2010, for his efforts while dispatching an incident in Troop C.
On September 10, the Ft. Myers Regional Communications Center transferred a call to the Tampa Bay Regional Communications Center in reference to a possible suicidal subject. Duty Officer John Skinner took the call and spoke with the husband of the subject. Apparently the subject had been texting her husband and had advised him that she would let him know where the car would be located so he could retrieve it. During this time, DO Skinner requested to have the subject’s cell phone pinged as she was texting her husband.
As DO Skinner received updates of the subject it was determined that she was in Pasco County, possibly in the area of the Green Swamp within the Withlacoochee Forrest. DO Skinner then contacted the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission to see if they possibly had an officer within the park. The Forestry Service was also notified to see if they had a park ranger in the area. At 6:08 PM, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office notified DO Skinner that the subject had been located and was safe.
DO Skinner’s efforts while providing support to everyone involved in this incident exemplifies the very best of what our duty officers are expected to handle at any given time. Duty Officer John Skinner is congratulated for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Duty Officer of the Quarter for July through September 2010.