Photo/Story Gallery 2003

Troop G Provides Security Assistance During Execution

photo of Captain Keith Gornto with Lt. Tim Hines in front of FHP's Command Center at the Florida State Prison entrance.photo of Sergeant T.E. Stebbins prior to the execution.The Florida Highway Patrol in Troop G, provided security assistance at the Florida State Prison recently during the execution of Paul Hill who killed two people at an abortion clinic in the Florida Panhandle.

Pictured left, Captain Keith Gornto goes over security details with Lt. Tim Hines in front of FHP’s Command Center at the Florida State Prison entrance and right, Sergeant T.E. Stebbins provides security at the media center at Florida State Prison prior to the execution.

The mass media attention, some threats of violence and a large number of expected protesters prompted the extra security force.

photo of FHP patroling the highway in front of the Florida State Prison.FHP provided their Command Center bus as well as security patrol assistance to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Department of Corrections and Bradford County Sheriff’s Office.

Pictured left: FHP patrols the highway in front of the Florida State Prison.

Several media satellite trucks arrived, but the severe weather conditions in the area may have limited the number of protesters who actually showed up. The execution took place as the detail ended without incident.