L to R: Captain David Tripp, Duty Officer Supervisor Eugene Davis,
Duty Officer Marie McNicol, Lieutenant James Shaw
During the District III Florida Police Chiefs Association annual Christmas breakfast, Florida Highway Patrol Duty Officer Marie McNicol was selected as the 2007 Big Bend Communications Officer of the Year.
Marie McNicol began her career with the Florida Highway Patrol on April 1, 1982, as a dispatcher in Madison, Florida. In 2003, she transferred to Tallahassee as part of the State Law Enforcement Radio System consolidation. As a dedicated employee, Ms. McNicol drives over 120 miles to and from work to serve our state law enforcement officers and citizens.
Captain David Tripp presents Duty Officer Marie McNicol with her award.
In addition to earning this prestigious award for her many accomplishments, Marie was honored for her tireless assistance with the murder investigation of FHP Sergeant Nick Sottile, including her efforts in locating a key witness.
On January 18, 2007, Lieutenant Gary Howze with the FHP Bureau of Investigations was following up leads when he asked Ms. McNicol to contact the Bay County Animal Shelter for a particular person who was believed to be employed there. She called the facility, and using her soft spoken investigative skills, was able to glean valuable information without causing any suspicion of the Lieutenant’s inquiry. Her efforts were extremely beneficial to the murder investigation, often requiring her to stay at work beyond her shift. Her assistance on this important case prompted Lt. Howze to recommend her for an agency Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award for her proactive work ethic.
Duty Officer McNicol is commended for her dedication, hard work, and excellent communications skills, and congratulated for being named the 2007 Big Bend Communications Officer of the Year!