Photo/Story Gallery 2004

Troopers on Patrol in Iraq

Spc. Pitts, Sergeant (Trooper) McCullough and F/Sgt. MoralesTrooper Thomas J. McCullough, Troop B – Ocala, is currently serving as a Sergeant in the United States Army Reserves, 320th Military Police Company (Combat Support) stationed in Abu Ghraib, Iraq. Trooper McCullough was activated January 24, 2003, and is expected to return back to duty with the Florida Highway Patrol late in April 2004.

Pictured: Sergeant (Trooper) Thomas J. McCullough (center) with Spc. John Pitts(left) and F/Sgt. Julius Morales(right) with a new Florida Highway Patrol vehicle.

While in Iraq, Trooper McCullough was awarded an Army Commendation Medal, with a “V” device for valor, by Brigadier General Janis Karpinski of the 800th Military Police Brigade. He received the medal for shooting two Iraqi’s while attempting to quell a riot. The Iraqis had been bombarding the American troops with large stones from all directions, striking Sergeant McCullough’s gunner in the forehead and severely injuring him. Sergeant McCullough returned fire, fatality injuring two Iraqis. Efforts by Sergeant McCullough and members of his command quelled the riot and saved the lives of both American Soldiers and Iraqi citizens.

The Florida Highway Patrol is extremely proud of our members serving in the military, both here at home and overseas. These men and women bring credit to our Department and themselves for their valiant efforts. Our members are taking the FHP’s motto, “Courtesy, Service and Protection” to new heights by serving their country with honor and protecting the lives of every American and Iraqi citizen. We wish a safe return home to all those who serve!