Photo/Story Gallery 2002

Miami Troopers Receive Awards

Trooper Otero and Trooper LolaThe Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle’s Advisory Council hosted the 4th Annual Driver License Member and Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year Luncheon at El Alcazar Restaurant in Miami-Dade County on Monday, October 14, 2002.

DHSMV’s Advisory Council Chairman Manuel Villamanan, Executive Director Fred Dickinson, and Colonel Chris Knight, presented the Miami-Dade County Trooper of the Year Award to Trooper Margaro Otero Jr. Trooper Otero received this award for his life saving efforts when he administered CPR to a woman who had suffered a heart attack. His quick thinking and professional actions saved this person’s life. DHSMV’s Advisory Council awarded Trooper Otero with a Plaque, a check for $1,000, and a free weekend stay at any Hilton Hotel in the continental United States.

The first runner for the award, Trooper Rafael Lola, received recognition for intervening in a violent domestic altercation incident and arresting the aggressor. DHSMV’s Advisory Council awarded Trooper Lola a plaque, a check for $100, and two tickets to the Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills football game in Miami. Coincidently, Trooper Lola was the first recipient of the Trooper of the Year Award (Miami) in 1996. Both Troopers Otero and Lola were accompanied by their wives.

HSMV Members with awardsDHSMV’s Advisory Council members also awarded several members of the Division of Driver License with similar awards.

DHSMV’s Miami-Dade County Advisory Council Members are: Chairman Manuel Villamanan, Vice Chairman J.L. Plummer, Secretary Eddie Silva, Fernando Albuerne, Carlos J. Arbolyea, Frank Bango, Jose Cancela, Mikki Canton, Miguel A. Fernandez Chardiet, Olando Martinez deCastro, Julio Gonzalez-Rebuil Sr., Adan A. Jimeno, Manny Rodriguez, Rafael A. Sanchez, and Michael A. Stein.