Florida Highway Patrol Welcomes New Troopers to Its Ranks

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~ 53 FHP Academy graduates join Florida’s Finest~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Highway Patrol graduated 53 new troopers from FHP’s Training Academy. The graduates join the more than 1,800 troopers who patrol the state’s roads each day to provide protection and assistance to Florida residents and visitors.

“Today, we are excited to welcome fifty-three new troopers to the Florida Highway Patrol family,” said Colonel David H. Brierton, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “This new generation of troopers will help carry on the rich history and traditions that exist within the FHP and will help ensure that our dedication to public safety stays strong as we continue into the future.”

Members of the 129th Basic Recruit Class went through twenty-five weeks of intense physical training and academic study covering topics such as human relations, law, firearms, defensive tactics, vehicle operations and first aid. During their time at the academy, the members of the 129th assisted at Pyramid Inc., an organization dedicated to helping those with developmental disabilities and also donated blood on multiple occasions.

FHP honored new Trooper Kelsey Wilson of the 129th with the Executive Director’s award for achieving the highest grade point average at the academy. The Patrol presented the Director’s Award to new Trooper Andrew Pupo of the 129th for demonstrating extraordinary courtesy and dedication during the 25 weeks of training.

A complete listing of the names and duty assignment locations for members of the 129th Basic Recruit Class is included on pages 2 and 3.  For additional information about employment with FHP, please visit our website at or contact FHP’s Recruitment Office at 850-617-2307.

129th Recruit Class Assignments
Recruit NameTroopCountyCity
Cody BallBMarionOcala
Justin BardCSumterBushnell
Heather BarnhartCHillsboroughTampa
Mariam BerthetCHillsboroughTampa
Tabitha BevisAEscambiaPensacola
Dennis ColeFManateeBradenton
Daniel CosmeDOrangeOrlando
Tara CrescenziCHillsboroughTampa
Ayler CruzDOsceolaKissimmee
Ryan FernandezLPalm beachLake Worth
Raul Gonzalez-CortinaLPalm beachLake Worth
Ommar GuerreroLIndian riverVero Beach
Brant HainesFManateeBradenton
Chad HansonGDuvalJacksonville
Leon JohnsonFManateeBradenton
Eugene Jones JrDOrangeOrlando
Mitchell KauffmanHWakullaCrawfordville
Wesley KellyCPascoNew Port Richey
Aldo KnoepfflerDOrangeOrlando
Thomas McDonaldAEscambiaPensacola
William McLaughlinCPascoLand O’ Lakes
Jonathan MesaFManateeBradenton
Kenneth MontgomeryGDuvalJacksonville
Hernaldo MoralesLPalm beachWest Palm Beach
Christoper NottinghamCPascoNew Port Richey
Carlos OjedaDOrangeOrlando
Jeffrey O’PryAJacksonMarianna
John PetrofskyLPalm beachLake Worth
Brian PingryFHendryClewiston
Victor PlanellsDOrangeOrlando
Zachary PomerleauDOsceolaKissimmee
Andrew PupoDOrangeOrlando
Bryan ReimundyDOrangeOrlando
Allan ReisFCollierEast Naples
Randy RojasFLeeFt Myers
Dillon RussellDOrangeOrlando
Ernesto Santana-LopezFCollierNaples
Jacob SatterwhiteGDuvalJacksonville
Joshua SatterwhiteGDuvalJacksonville
Robert Sayih JrLPalm beachWest Palm Beach
Allen ScottABayPanama City
Viegname SomadoCHillsboroughTampa
Grant TaylorGDuvalJacksonville
Richard TemplinHFranklinEastpoint
Arthur Thompson JrLPalm beachLake Worth
Vera TomeLPalm beachLake Worth
Matthew UrenaDOrangeOrlando
Mauiricio VillanuevaEMonroeTavernier
Sebastian VoAEscambiaPensacola
Katarzyna WiedDOrangeOrlando
Brandee WilliamsonDOrangeOrlando
Kelsey WilsonDOrangeOrlando
Shohei YasudaAEscambiaPensacola

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