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Trooper of the Month
June 2011

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Sgt. Benton
Sergeant Richard Benton
Troop C - Tampa

Congratulations to Sergeant Richard Benton for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for June 2011.

On June 14, 2011, while patrolling Interstate 275, traveling south on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Benton stopped to check on a pickup truck which was parked at the top of the bridge. Upon further investigation, he observed the owner of the truck, who was crying and upset. The subject stated that he had stopped there because he was contemplating killing himself.

After several minutes of conversation, Sgt. Benton took the subject into custody and transported him to the Mental Health Services Facility in St. Petersburg where he was admitted under the Baker Act.

Sgt. Benton is to be commended for his actions during this incident and his demonstrated commitment to the people of Florida.

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