L to R: Lieutenant Mark Boatright , Major Rick Carpenter,
Advisory Council Member Nicolas Hemes, and Captain Tim Culhane.
Major Rick Carpenter, Troop B Commander, Captain Tim Culhane, Lake City District Commander, and Lieutenant Mark Boatright recently presented FHP Advisory Council member Nicolas Hemes with a plaque as a small token for his continued support of the Florida Highway Patrol.
Nicolas recently donated funds to purchase an ice machine for Troop B. The ice machine will provide ice for supervisors to take to emergencies where troopers are required to remain on-scene for extended periods. Additionally, the ice will be used for training and many other troop functions.
"Nicolas is always stepping forward to assist Troop B members," said Major Carpenter. “During the Christmas holidays, Nicolas provided goody bags for all the troop members in attendance,” added Captain Culhane.
To top it all off, Nicolas actively rides with troopers in Troop B, even during the busy holiday periods. Nicolas, who is also very active in the community and serves on several city and county advisory councils, continually seeks community support for our troopers and their families. Troop B members greatly appreciate his efforts and support of the Florida Highway Patrol.
The Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Council is an organization comprised of business, professional, and community leaders throughout the state. Members of the Advisory Council provide assistance to the Director of the Florida Highway Patrol by offering input regarding the performance of the Patrol and the quality of service provided to the public. Quality of the Patrol’s performance and public perception is a major concern to Colonel Christopher Knight and the men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol.
In 1999, the Advisory Council was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization and subsequently established the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Memorial Fund. This fund was established to provide for a memorial honoring the 40 FHP troopers and one FHP Auxiliary trooper who have lost their lives in the line of duty serving and protecting the citizens of the State of Florida. Additionally, the fund provides financial and other support to the families of troopers and auxiliary troopers who lose their life or sustain life-threatening injuries in the line of duty.
Additionally, the Advisory Council assists the FHP in other areas such as legislative matters, special projects, and other issues, which contribute to the improvement of the Patrol. Especially important is the responsibility to provide FHP troopers with resources that will enable them to improve public safety by providing quality service to the public and enhancement of their personal welfare.
Advisory Council members’ experience and expertise contribute greatly to the success of the organization and achievement of the goals of the Florida Highway Patrol.