Trooper Richard Taylor responded to a call of a young male walking on the shoulder of the Florida Turnpike Jan. 29. Taylor was able to locate the young man and determined he was a 13-year-old runaway from the Wave Crest Shelter in Fort Pierce.
Wave Crest is a temporary shelter for non-delinquent youths. The Children’s Home Society of Florida operates the facility.
Taylor returned the teenager to Wave Crest after speaking to the young man’s parents. Taylor took time and interest in the young man’s problems and assured him he would check on his progress.
On Feb. 3, Taylor and Trooper Allan Timmons drove to Wave Crest and met with, not only this troubled young man, but with all the teenagers at the shelter. Taylor and Timmons purchased pizzas for the teens and offered words of encouragement.
Community involvement of this nature truly affects lives, and the extra effort both of these troopers displayed reflects the best assets of the Florida Highway Patrol and its members.