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Trooper of the Month
October 2001

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Trooper Allain
Trooper Stephen Allain

Trooper Mason
Trooper James Mason

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Trooper Clay Murphy

Congratulations to Troopers Stephen Allain, James Mason, and Clay Murphy for earning the Trooper of the Month Award for October 2001 for their apprehension of a double murder suspect in Putnam County.

On Wednesday, October 31, 2001, a BOLO was broadcast by the Jacksonville FHP dispatch concerning a double murder that had just occurred in Putnam County. The suspect, identified as a white male, 6'3", 210 lbs., and possibly named Steven West, was driving a red 2-door Honda en route to Jacksonville. When our pilot, Clay Murphy, spotted the suspect's vehicle on State Road 21 from the FHP airplane, our other two troopers responded to the area.

Within minutes of the BOLO broadcast, and with direction from the FHP airplane, our FHP troopers were able to locate the suspect's vehicle and confirm the matching tag. At State Road 21 and County Road 218, Allain and Mason executed a felony traffic stop. Using their training and experience, they directed the suspect from his vehicle at gunpoint, safely positioning him on the ground. Our troopers apprehended the suspect without incident, and found the possible murder weapon in the vehicle. The suspect was arrested for the murder of two individuals in Putnam County.

Troopers Allain, Mason, and Murphy acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol and are hereby commended for their actions. Again, congratulations on being selected as Trooper of the Month for October 2001!

 
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