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My husband and I were in Ocala, FL on Friday, March 11, 2005. We were at the Ocala Horse Trailer business when we heard brakes and then a crash. My husband retired 3 years ago with 38 years in law enforcement. Needless to say we immediately went to the accident where there were two cars and four injuries. Trooper Haught was the officer investigation the accident, and with all due respect should be commended on her promptness, courteous and warm manner she showed to all those injured. My husband and another woman from Florida Department of Corrections, who also stopped to help, began directing traffic to help Trooper Haught so that she could attend to the injuries and accident scene. Much to our dismay, while my husband was directing traffic, a Marion County Sheriff's Department came through the line of traffic, and kept on going. He never offered to help Trooper Haught or to help what he could only presume were civilians in the middle of the county road, who were directing traffic. No attempt was made to help by this deputy. We questioned the EMS crew on the scene about the lack of help by the MCSO. He replied that they usually won't help them on the scenes of accidents.

We were unhappy with the way the Marion County Sheriff's Department handled this situation.

Once again, kudos to Trooper Haught. She is an asset to the Florida Highway Patrol. I would request that a copy of this be placed in her personnel file.


Mary Darling and
Floyd Darling, retired Sgt.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Department

Homosassa, FL 34446


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