Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Receives Roadway Designation
~ A portion of I-75 in Broward county named in remembrance of State Trooper ~
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As a part of the 2018 legislative session, Senate Bill 382 sponsored by Senator Lauren Book passed where a portion of Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley) between mile marker 24 and mile marker 26 in Broward County was renamed in remembrance of fallen Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Trooper, Stephen G. Rouse on October 23, 2018.
Trooper Rouse was a member of the 76th FHP recruit class and graduated on August 22, 1986. Trooper Rouse was killed on March 28, 1987 while responding to a fatal accident on Alligator Alley when a van made a U-turn in front of him. He was stationed in Fort Lauderdale and served the residents and visitors of Florida for 11 months. He was 23 years old at the time of his death.
“It is my honor to be part of renaming a portion of I-75 after Trooper Rouse who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” said Senator Lauren Book. “With this designation, his sacrifice will never be forgotten, and Floridians will be reminded of the great risks faced by our brave men and women in uniform every day.”
“It is a privilege to honor the memory of Trooper Rouse. This lasting memory is a reminder that we must never take our safety for granted,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “FHP Troopers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe, and I thank the Florida Legislature for this heartfelt tribute to Trooper Rouse and his commitment and sacrifice to the state of Florida.”
“Trooper Rouse served the residents and visitors of the State of Florida with great dedication as Florida Highway Patrol Trooper,” said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “It is a great honor to have a portion of the highway named in his memory for his dedicated service.
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