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Trooper of the Month
December 2002

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Sergeant Johnson
Sergeant James Johnson
Troop A - Panama City

Congratulations to Sergeant James Johnson for being selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for December 2002, based on his courageous actions involving two armed and dangerous bank robbers.

On December 27, 2002, Sgt. Johnson responded to a BOLO for two armed men who robbed a bank in Malone. While conducting surveillance at one of the suspect’s residence, Sgt. Johnson spotted the vehicle, and attempted a felony traffic stop. The suspect fled. Sgt. Johnson initiated a pursuit, during which one of the suspects fired several gunshots at him from the window with a handgun. Despite the personal danger to himself, Sgt. Johnson continued the pursuit of the two suspects until they crashed their vehicle. One of the suspects shot two more rounds at him, then killed himself before Sgt. Johnson could return fire. The other suspect surrendered and was placed under arrest.

Sgt. Johnson acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol and is hereby commended for his actions.

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