Volume 4 Number 33
August 17, 2007

 RESOLUTION OF THE GOVERNOR AND CABINET TO THE 2007 TROOPER OF THE YEAR

WHEREAS, the Troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol are exposed to personal risk on a daily basis while serving and protecting the citizens and visitors of Florida; and, 

WHEREAS
, since 1965, the Florida Petroleum Council has sponsored the Trooper of the Year Award which is presented annually to an outstanding trooper in recognition of acts of heroism or exceptional performance of duties; and 



WHEREAS
, Trooper Edward Pope is a 4-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop F, Charlotte County, and has distinguished himself during the call of duty by exhibiting exemplary valor in the face of adversity; and   

WHEREAS
, Trooper Edward Pope was recognized as Trooper of the Month in January, 2006, for his persistent investigations and coordination with Ohio law enforcement officials regarding stolen goods and insurance fraud and separately for his actions leading to an arrest regarding felony possession of marijuana; and

WHEREAS
, Trooper Edward Pope was recognized as Trooper of the Month in May, 2006, for his compassionate and expeditious efforts that resulted in an averted suicide attempt; and 

WHEREAS
, Trooper Edward Pope was recognized as Trooper of the Month in July, 2006, for exceptional valor in his efforts to rescue two occupants of a vehicle sinking in waters infested with menacing alligators.  

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED
that the Governor and the Cabinet of the State of Florida do hereby recognize and commend

TROOPER EDWARD POPE
AS THE 2007 FHP TROOPER OF THE YEAR 


and thank him for his consistent dedication to exemplary service to the citizens and visitors of Florida. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED
that the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida do hereby recognize that Trooper Edward Pope has earned 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 for three separate acts of bravery and excellent police work. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED
that the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida do hereby recognize all Florida Highway Patrol Troopers and thank them for their bravery and devotion to duty in protecting the motoring public. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF the Chief Financial Officer and Cabinet of the State of Florida have hereunto subscribed their names and have caused the Official Seal of the State of Florida to be hereunto affixed in the City of Tallahassee this 14th day of August, 2007.