Florida Highway Patrol Welcomes New Troopers to Its Ranks

~ 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 Name Troop County City
Cody Ball B Marion Ocala
Justin Bard C Sumter Bushnell
Heather Barnhart C Hillsborough Tampa
Mariam Berthet C Hillsborough Tampa
Tabitha Bevis A Escambia Pensacola
Dennis Cole F Manatee Bradenton
Daniel Cosme D Orange Orlando
Tara Crescenzi C Hillsborough Tampa
Ayler Cruz D Osceola Kissimmee
Ryan Fernandez L Palm beach Lake Worth
Raul Gonzalez-Cortina L Palm beach Lake Worth
Ommar Guerrero L Indian river Vero Beach
Brant Haines F Manatee Bradenton
Chad Hanson G Duval Jacksonville
Leon Johnson F Manatee Bradenton
Eugene Jones Jr D Orange Orlando
Mitchell Kauffman H Wakulla Crawfordville
Wesley Kelly C Pasco New Port Richey
Aldo Knoepffler D Orange Orlando
Thomas McDonald A Escambia Pensacola
William McLaughlin C Pasco Land O’ Lakes
Jonathan Mesa F Manatee Bradenton
Kenneth Montgomery G Duval Jacksonville
Hernaldo Morales L Palm beach West Palm Beach
Christoper Nottingham C Pasco New Port Richey
Carlos Ojeda D Orange Orlando
Jeffrey O’Pry A Jackson Marianna
John Petrofsky L Palm beach Lake Worth
Brian Pingry F Hendry Clewiston
Victor Planells D Orange Orlando
Zachary Pomerleau D Osceola Kissimmee
Andrew Pupo D Orange Orlando
Bryan Reimundy D Orange Orlando
Allan Reis F Collier East Naples
Randy Rojas F Lee Ft Myers
Dillon Russell D Orange Orlando
Ernesto Santana-Lopez F Collier Naples
Jacob Satterwhite G Duval Jacksonville
Joshua Satterwhite G Duval Jacksonville
Robert Sayih Jr L Palm beach West Palm Beach
Allen Scott A Bay Panama City
Viegname Somado C Hillsborough Tampa
Grant Taylor G Duval Jacksonville
Richard Templin H Franklin Eastpoint
Arthur Thompson Jr L Palm beach Lake Worth
Vera Tome L Palm beach Lake Worth
Matthew Urena D Orange Orlando
Mauiricio Villanueva E Monroe Tavernier
Sebastian Vo A Escambia Pensacola
Katarzyna Wied D Orange Orlando
Brandee Williamson D Orange Orlando
Kelsey Wilson D Orange Orlando
Shohei Yasuda A Escambia Pensacola

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