Trooper Daniel Middleton
Troop C - Tampa
Congratulations for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for November 2010.
On November 1, Trooper Daniel Middleton stopped a vehicle for an illegal window tint violation. Upon speaking with the driver Trooper Middleton detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A subsequent search of one of the passengers revealed 23 grams of cocaine and 15 grams of marijuana. Trooper Middleton booked the subject into the Pinellas County Jail for Possession of Cocaine, Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.
Then on November 18, while working the Skyway Suicide Deterrent Detail Trooper Middleton successfully talked a suicidal subject off the Skyway Bridge. Trooper Middleton’s arrived at the bridge and observed a male subject sitting on the concrete barrier. Trooper Middleton approached the subject who revealed he was upset due to the possibility of being deported from the country.
As the conversation continued the male subject appeared to become more aggressive with the positioning of his body, stated that he had nothing to live for and placed both legs on the water side of the barrier. After 45 minutes Trooper Middleton was finally able to subdue the subject and he was transported to St. Anthony’s hospital for treatment. Without Trooper Middleton’s quick response and decisive action there could have been grave consequences to this incident.
Trooper Middleton is to be commended for his actions during these incidents and his demonstrated commitment to the people of Florida