Trooper David R. Hicks
Troop A - Pensacola
Congratulations to Trooper David Hicks for being selected as Trooper of the Month for May 2004, for his quick response and brave assistance to a fellow law enforcement officer who was shot in an ambush.
On May 12th, while on patrol in north Santa Rosa County, Trooper Hicks responded to a call for help involving a fellow law enforcement officer who had been shot. When Trooper Hicks arrived on the scene, he was met by the wounded officer, who had fled from his patrol car when he came under fire. The Deputy had sustained gunshot wounds to his abdomen, upper arm and hand. Trooper Hicks immediately positioned his patrol car in a defensive position, called for help, and began administering first aid to the wounded officer--reassuring him that he would be okay and medical assistance was on the way.
Trooper Hicks then called for additional units that included FHP personnel and units from the Santa Rosa Sheriff's Office. A perimeter was quickly set up when it was determined that the suspect was barricaded in his residence. A standoff ensued for several hours. The following morning, a SWAT team finally entered the house, only to discover the suspect had taken his own life.
Trooper Hicks's quick response and willingness to put his life on the line for a fellow officer showed great courage! He acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol. For his actions, Trooper Hicks was chosen as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for May 2004.