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CFO Alex Sink Recognizes Jacksonville Officer as ‘trooper of the Year’


Contact: Kyra Jennings or Kevin Cate (850) 413-2842
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Cabinet today recognized Jacksonville State Trooper Joshua Earrey as the 2009 Florida Trooper of the Year. The resolution was sponsored by Florida CFO Alex Sink.  An eight-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol, Earrey is assigned to the Troop G Contraband Interdiction Team as a K-9 handler and he is a member of the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.
“It is an honor to recognize Joshua Earrey as Florida’s Trooper of the Year,” said CFO Sink. “His public service serves as an example to every law enforcement officer and every citizen of our state. Because of his valuable work, Florida is a safer, better place to live.”
On October 17, 2008, Trooper Earrey observed a driver of a vehicle driving in a reckless manner raising his suspicions of criminal activities.  Trooper Earrey learned that the driver of the vehicle had just performed an armed carjacking from a mother and her child and had fled from officers of the Jacksonville Sheriff Office. Trooper Earrey was able to apprehend the suspect on foot and was able to locate the suspect’s discarded firearm all without harm to the public. 
Noted in CFO Sink’s resolution, “Over the past year, Trooper Earrey has made more than 1,200 traffic charges and 280 drug-related charges.” Serving as a member of the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, “Trooper Earrey has seized 10.5 kilograms of powder cocaine, 1.5 pounds of crack cocaine, 83.5 pounds of marijuana, 2.5 ounces of heroin, 250 grams of MDMA (methamphetamine) and 23 firearms worth $277,454.”
Trooper Earrey was recognized during today’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet with a resolution honoring him as Florida’s Trooper of the Year. Before the meeting, he was greeted by CFO Sink at a breakfast reception in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer along with his wife Jennifer and his parents Duke and Diane.