L to R: Atlanta Falcon Warrick Dunn, Trooper Jorge Lopez-Torres,
Trooper Carlos Austin, & Colonel Chris Knight take the stage.
The Florida Highway Patrol and other Tampa Bay area public service personnel were honored recently at the 12th annual Heroes Luncheon at the Tampa Convention Center.
This annual event recognizes the men and women of law enforcement who strive each day to make a difference in Florida. This year’s event recognized all of the men and women of Florida's law enforcement community in a presentation entitled, "Thank You." Key note speaker Atlanta Falcon Warrick Dunn spoke to the crowd of over 1,000, recognizing the true heroes of our law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services throughout the nation.
FHP's 2006 Troopers of the Year were recognized, along with the officers of the year from each of the Tampa Bay area law enforcement, fire/rescue, and military installations. Colonel Christopher Knight presented Troop K's Trooper Jorge Lopez-Torres and Trooper Carlos Austin with the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year award for their actions during a life saving event that occurred on the Sawgrass Expressway in Broward County.