Trooper Helen P. McCoy
Troop C - Winter Haven
Trooper Helen P. McCoy has been selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for March, 1998, based on her actions involving the capture of a suspect wanted for various criminal offenses.
On March 4, 1998, an extensive manhunt was in progress for the killer of a Haines City police officer. Trooper McCoy was working radar on Lunn Road when she observed a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle involved in the killing drive by her location in excess of the posted speed limit. As Trooper McCoy attempted to pull up behind the vehicle, it sped up, and ran through a stop sign. McCoy estimated the speed of the vehicle to be approximately 100 miles per hour. As the suspect was approaching another stop sign, he attempted to turn left, hit the brakes, and slid eastbound, where he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot into a wooded area.
Trooper McCoy immediately advised the FHP duty officer of the situation and her location, then directed two arriving Polk County sheriff's deputies in setting up a perimeter until additional assistance arrived on the scene.
Two more deputies, including a K-9 unit, and the sheriff's helicopter arrived to assist in the search for the suspect, who was subsequently located and charged with burglary of a dwelling, theft, grand theft auto, fleeing and eluding a police officer, unlawful speed, and not wearing a safety belt.
Trooper McCoy's attention to duty, knowledge of the area, and her quick response in setting up a perimeter led to the apprehension and arrest of this subject, Shenard Dumas.
Trooper McCoy is a three-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop C, Winter Haven.