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My name is Cara Parker and I would like to take the time to recognize one of your officer’s that helped my son RJ and I out in a moment of desperation the weekend before Christmas. On our way from Mt. Dora to the Orlando International Airport my car engine blew while driving on the FL Turnpike at 5:30 AM. It was freezing cold and rainy, and his plane was leaving at 7 a.m. to fly to Virginia for Christmas. We were only 10 minutes driving time from the airport; and I was desperately trying to find someway to get him to the airport. I even called taxi cabs to come find me on the turnpike to get us there. My son is also a type1 diabetic and had not eaten breakfast because he planned on eating at the airport. So there was more than just getting him to his flight on my mind. In the craziness of calling everyone I knew and taxi’s trying to see who could get to me the fastest, Trooper Santos Lopez (Case # 849) pulled up asking what the problem was. After explaining the situation and my son talking to him he offered to drive us to the airport. I was absolutely grateful for his service. My son’s step-grandmother was waiting at the drop-off lane and he made his 7 a.m. flight. Because of Trooper Lopez’s service, my son was able to make it north and enjoy his Christmas and was able to get food before getting on the plane. I feel it is important to let others know and Trooper Lopez how appreciative RJ’s entire family was of his actions. Many people, including myself found this story very touching. With family involved in law enforcement I know they rarely hear the “thank you's” that they deserve for their service.

Thank you very much!

Cara Parker
Mt. Dora, FL


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