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Trooper of the Month
December 2001

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Trooper Ralph Lola

Congratulations! It is my pleasure to announce that Trooper Ralph W. Lola has been selected as the recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for December 2001, based on his quick actions and intervention involving an attack on a female victim.

On December 20, 2001, at approximately 1:15 A.M., Trooper Lola was traveling eastbound on State Road 90 at 985 when he noticed a male attempting to break into another vehicle. The suspect was trying to smash the driver's side window to do harm to the driver trapped inside. Wasting no time, the trooper quickly called for assistance, confronted the subject, and placed him under arrest. The female victim, who feared for her life, was greatly relieved to see Trooper Lola apprehend her attacker.

According to the victim, her attacker was her estranged former boyfriend. He had been waiting for her in the parking lot outside her place of employment where he approached her and grabbed her cell phone. Not having any means of communication, she was trapped in her car without help. She managed to start her car and drive away, but he chased her in his vehicle and forced her from the road. The suspect was charged with robbery, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, burglary, and criminal mischief.

Trooper Ralph Lola acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol and are hereby commended for your actions. Again, we congratulate him on being selected as Trooper of the Month for December 2001!

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