Trooper Reginald Edwards
Troop C - Pinellas Park
Trooper Reginald B. Edwards has been selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for January 2001, based on his actions in response to a possible suicide incident.
On January 21, 2001 at 11:45 a.m., Pinellas County FHP dispatch received a call from the Hillsborough County Crisis Center. Information was received that a Hispanic male was using the crisis phone located at the south fishing pier of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Interstate 75. The individual had advised the Crisis Center that his wife had left him and that he was going to jump off of the bridge.
Being assigned to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Trooper Edwards was dispatched and responded to the scene. Edwards located the individual and was able to successfully take him into custody without incident. The individual, who was identified as a previous attempted suicide patient, was admitted to Manatee Glenns Center under Florida's Baker Act.
Trooper Edwards is commended for his quick and professional response to this potentially tragic incident. He is a 15-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop C, Pinellas Park.