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Trooper of the Month
July 2007

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Trooper Madely
Trooper Todd Madely
Troop C - Tampa

Trooper Hypes
Trooper Jack Hypes
Troop C - Pinellas Park

Congratulations to Trooper Todd Madely and Trooper Jack Hypes for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Troopers of the Month for July 2007, for their efforts in rescuing a victim who had been attacked and kidnapped, and for arresting the suspect in the case.

On July 12, 2007, the Tampa Bay Regional Communications Center received a *FHP call from a motorist who observed what appeared to be a woman who was bound and gagged riding in the back seat of an SUV. The victim, who was reportedly covered in blood, was repeatedly poking her head above the seat to get the attention of drivers in passing vehicles.

Trooper Todd Madely and Trooper Jack Hypes each responded to the area in separate patrol cars while the caller stayed on the line with the duty officers. As the suspect's SUV approached the I-4 / I-275 interchange, Trooper Madely was in position to follow the vehicle in either direction. Once it was determined that the suspect was going to travel north on I-275, Trooper Hypes was forced to stop his patrol car on the south-bound side and run across the north bound lanes, taking cover behind a cement barrier wall while Trooper Madley initiated a traffic stop on the entrance ramp. Both troopers were able to safely secure the suspect and rescue the victim who reported that she had recently been attacked and kidnapped by the suspect.

Troopers took the suspect to the Hillsborough County jail where he was booked on numerous charges. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The quick response and team work of these troopers took a dangerous criminal off Florida's highways and rescued a kidnapped victim.

Troopers Madely and Hypes are commended for their excellent police work and congratulated for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Troopers of the Month for July 2007.

 
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