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September 16, 2003

TO: Corporal John Schultz

FROM: Colonel Christopher A. Knight, Director

SUBJECT: Commendation

You are commended for your personal initiative and time spent researching information concerning troopers killed in the line of duty. Your research into what happened to the perpetrators led you to discover Walter Rhodes. Rhodes, who had served eighteen years for his part in the murders of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Philip Black and Canadian Constable Donald Irwin, had violated conditions of his parole and disappeared in 1994.

You brought this information to my attention and the information was subsequently placed on the Florida Highway Patrol’s website as a feature story. Walter Rhodes was noted as the Florida Highway Patrol’s “Most Wanted Fugitive.” You then informed Lt. Paul Henry, who subsequently used his identity theft investigation skills to pursue Walter Rhodes via the Internet. In the course of just a few hours, Lt. Henry was able to identify and locate Walter Rhodes living under an assumed name in the State of Washington.

Your efforts to bring the flight of Walter Rhodes to the attention of Lt. Henry and our website viewers played an instrumental role in his capture. It is because of your efforts that the families of Trooper Black and Constable Irwin can feel safe in knowing that one of the persons responsible for the murder of their loved ones continues to receive justice for his crime.

Again, thank you for your initiative and your dedication to duty. Your actions are in accordance with the highest traditions of the Florida Highway Patrol, and not only bring credit to yourself, but also to your fellow troopers. Your dedication to your job and to the citizens of Florida is greatly appreciated.

Keep up the good work!


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