Photo/Story Gallery 2002

FHP Recognized by Buckle Up Florida

Trooper Nixie MillerTrooper Nixie Miller named Occupant Protection Officer of the Year

Buckle Up Florida’s annual awards banquet once again highlighted the active and vigorous occupant protection efforts of the Florida Highway Patrol. On Friday, June 28, 2002, nearly 400 people attended the awards program luncheon sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety of the Florida Department of Transportation. Both individual and troop honors for FHP were part of the program.

Trooper Nixie Miller of Troop “A” was recognized as Florida’s “Occupant Protection Officer of the Year”. Trooper Miller was noted for her individual enforcement efforts, reinforcing that a healthy mix of education and enforcement makes a complete officer.

Top Troop WinnersFor the second consecutive year, Troop “G” has been selected as the Florida Highway Patrol’s “TOP TROOP”, winning the prestigious “Troop Challenge”.

The “Troop Challenge” is a program begun last year and patterned after the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) “Chiefs Challenge”.

Lt. Williams The program is sponsored by “Buckle Up Florida” and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Each of the FHP’s ten geographic troops are judged by an independent panel of national traffic safety experts on five criteria: policy, training, public information, enforcement, and effectiveness.

Individual honors were also in order for several FHP members. Lieutenant Chuck Williams of Troop “D” received special recognition from NHTSA and Buckle Up Florida for his many years of work with the Florida enforcement reporting effort.

Lieutenant Williams’ many years of service to Florida’s seatbelt enforcement effort will end with his retirement in late 2002. It was fitting that his distinguished efforts were recognized with such a special award.

Trooper Edwards
Trooper Reginald Edwards

Trooper KimMiller
Trooper Kim Miller

Trooper Udell
Trooper Lissa Udell

Troopers Reginald Edwards [Troop C], Kim Miller [Troop D], and Lissa Udell [Troop L] each received “occupant protection” awards, representing their outstanding achievements as Occupant Protection Specialists.