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FHP group photo in Washington

Thirty-nine members of the Florida Highway Patrol traveled to Washington, D.C. to assist with providing security for President Barack Obama’s Inauguration ceremony Jan. 21, 2013. The troopers attended the swearing in ceremony along with more than 2,700 law enforcement officers from around the nation, who all became deputy U.S. Marshalls for the detail.

Members board the bus to travel to the swearing in ceremony to become deputy US Marshalls.
Members board the bus to travel to the swearing in ceremony to become deputy US Marshalls.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers sit with over 2700 other law enforcement officers from around the nation.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers sit with over 2700 other law enforcement officers from around the nation.

“The men and women selected for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity represented the hard working troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol,” said Maj. Mark Welch. “Before the watchful eyes of the nation, the troopers displayed the professionalism for which the Florida Highway Patrol is known.”

Trooper Meredith, left and Trooper McNeill pause for a moment at the Law Enforcement Memorial
Trooper Denise Meredith, left and Trooper Connie McNeill pause for a moment at the Law Enforcement Memorial

From left to right:  Trooper McKenzie, Corporal Bailey, Troopers Grimes and  Mathers
From left to right: Trooper William McKenzie, Corporal Raymond Bailey, Troopers Denise Grimes and William Mathers

“It was an awesome experience,” said Trooper Denise Meredith. “The swearing in with all the agencies was a very cool experience coming from a small town and realizing that I was there with all the other law enforcement officers was great. Being able to salute our flag on Pennsylvania Avenue to the tune of the Star Spangled banner was incredible. To actually look at the same crowd all day in the same place and watch people and their mannerisms and personality differences and then look into their eyes and facial expressions during the speech was pretty cool, also.”

On post and ready for a long day of standing.
On post and ready for a long day of standing.

 

 
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