HIGHWAY SAFETY & MOTOR VEHICLES
TROOP A PENSACOLA DISTRICT
OCTOBER 4, 2004
TO: COLONEL CHRISTOPHER A. KNIGHT
FROM: CORPORAL JOSEPH C. FAIRCLOTH
SUBJECT: COMMENDATION FOR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP
Colonel Knight, this is a note praising local supervision in the Pensacola district during the tragic devastation by Hurricane Ivan. Captain David M. Karasek as the District Commander of the Pensacola District demonstrated loyalty to his subordinates at the district level. I understand as a 19+ year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol that all to often you receive and hear numerous negative complaints in reference to supervisors.
Captain Karasek as well as the district supervisors ensured that all district personnel's residences and personal needs were taken care of as well making sure the citizens which reside in Santa Rosa and Escambia County needs were met. Captain Karasek worked as many hours as any district personnel did during this time period. I addition I am sure you are aware of several incidents that occurred which could have seriously disrupted the on going hurricane detail. Due to Captain Karasek's diligence and loyalty to "his troops" these obstacles were overcome. I speaking for the vast majority of the personnel of the Pensacola district am proud to have Captain Karasek as our district commander. Also as a further footnote loyalty is a two-way street. We the Pensacola district have first hand witnessed the loyalty shown to us, as has Captain Karasek witnessed the District's loyalty to him.
Corporal Joseph C. Faircloth