Trooper John R. Dance
Troop D - Bunnel
Trooper John R. Dance has been selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for January, 1998, based on his actions in which he was shot during a traffic stop.
On January 19, 1998, at 10:45 p.m., Trooper Dance was working Drug Interdiction on Interstate 95 south of Edgewater when he observed a northbound vehicle that appeared to have a window smashed out. Dance suspected that the vehicle, a black Dodge Stratus, might be stolen, so he pulled out onto the roadway and stopped the vehicle just south of the Edgewater exit.
While approaching the vehicle, the driver exited and immediately fired at Trooper Dance, striking him in the right leg. After being shot, Dance remained calm and immediately returned fire at the suspect. The suspect got back into his vehicle and fled the scene as Trooper Dance was firing at him. Dance called for backup and requested help, maintaining his composure even under the stressful events that had just transpired.
On January 23, 1998, the suspects in this shooting, Jeremy Scott Guidry and Shandar Miller, were apprehended while sleeping in the suspect vehicle in a church parking lot in California, Missouri. They were both arrested without incident.
Trooper Dance is an 11-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop D, Bunnel.