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2007 Trooper of the Year Announced

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Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol

For Immediate Release:

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Highway Patrol is pleased to announce that Trooper Edward Pope has been selected as the Florida Highway Patrol 2007 Trooper of the Year. Trooper Pope is further recognized for earning the distinction of being the only trooper in the history of the Florida Highway Patrol to be awarded Trooper of the Month an unprecedented three times in a single year.

Trooper Pope, who is a four-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol stationed in Charlotte County, Florida, will be officially recognized for this honor by Gov. Charlie Crist and members of the Cabinet at the Cabinet meeting at the Capitol today. The Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year is once again sponsored by the Florida Petroleum Council, as it has been since 1965.

This year's honoree, Trooper Edward Pope, was selected for this prestigious award for three separate acts of bravery and excellent police work, which include his investigation and recovery of stolen property in a case involving a stolen vehicle and equipment; his life-saving efforts in an attempted suicide; and his rescue of two motorists from their submerged vehicle.

Trooper Pope will be commended for his hard work, relentless efforts, excellent investigative skills, and for his performance above and beyond the call of duty. Trooper Pope acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol and is congratulated on his selection as the Florida Highway Patrol 2007 Trooper of the Year!


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