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On 4-3-2010 I was travelling north on Interstate 75 when I was forced to pull to the side of the road because of a flat tire on the left rear side of my rental vehicle. As I pulled off the road I noticed to my good fortune a trooper vehicle on the median opposite where my vehicle was now disabled.The mile post was number 186.

Accompanying me in my vehicle were my wife and two young childeren ages 4 and 6.We are from northern New Jersey and were vacationing in Florida.We were enroute to Disney World from a relatives home in the Punta Gorda area.

My wife and I were quite concerned due to the danger posed by passing vehicles on Interstate 75 coupled with the presence of our children in the vehicle.The trooper vehicle upon observing our disabled vehicle crossed over and positioned his vehicle behind ours activating his emergency lights.

At this time my family and I had the pleasure of meeting one of your troopers a one Trooper Bruce MacWhorter.I would like to advise you that Trooper MacWhorters' demeanor and attitude was extremely professional and he was very helpful in getting us back on the road.

The vehicle we had rented was a Chevy Tahoe and I was unfamiliar with the location of the jack,tools and instruction manual necessary to complete the tire change.Trooper MacWhorter assisted me in locating all of these as well as the interpretation of the manual.Fortunately a Florida "Road Ranger" arrived and was able after much trouble to place the spare tire on the vehicle.

Although I am sure your troopers provide such assistance on a daily basis I just wanted to relay our thanks to the Florida Highway Patrol and especially to Trooper Bruce MacWhorter for the concern shown for the safety of my family.

Very Truly Yours,
Thomas G. Cowan
Lyndhurst, N.J.


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