Photo/Story Gallery 2006

Troop C is On the Job

Lt. Freeman, Danny Lewis, and Captain Vazquez pitch in.Recent events have shown that no task is too small or too large for the Florida Highway Patrol’s Troop C to handle. Whether they are helping a motorist on the road, redirecting traffic after a storm, or sprucing up their own backyard, it’s all in a day’s work.

Pictured: Lt. Jacqueline Freeman, Danny Lewis, and Captain Carlos Vazquez pitch in.

The Troop C Fallen Troopers Memorial at the Tampa FHP Station was recently freshened up with new landscaping and maintenance. The Mustang Club of Tampa decided that the memorial deserved to look its best and wanted to pay tribute to the men and women of the FHP who gave their life in the line of duty. The new landscape provides an attractive welcome to all who come and visit the memorial. Special thanks to the Mustang Club of Tampa and Danny Lewis of Bill Currie Ford for coordinating our new look!

Trooper DrakeDuring a routine traffic stop, a Central Florida family learned that our troopers’ concern for traffic safety extends further than simply issuing traffic citations and warnings. When Trooper Ron Drake (right) was passed by a motorist traveling over the speed limit on Interstate 4 in Hillsborough County, he pulled the driver over. That is when he came in contact with a lady who was visibly upset over something more than just a traffic infraction.

After listening to her problems at home regarding a sick loved one and a rebellious child and learning that she was running late getting that child to the Tampa International Airport, Trooper Drake arranged transportation for her and her daughter since she was not in any condition to drive. Once at the airport, after having plenty of time to calm down and assess the situation, the mother and daughter were able to make peace before catching a flight to New England. Looking past a traffic stop and offering a caring and compassionate demeanor is just one way to create a safer driving environment in Florida – Good job Trooper Drake!

The wayward barge is finally towed away.A wayward barge that slammed into the side of the Howard Frankland Bridge during the inclement weather associated with Tropical Storm Alberto caused havoc for Tampa Bay area commuters. The construction barge that was originally anchored in the bay broke loose and became wedged under the northbound lanes, damaging the support pillars of the bridge with every crash of waves.

After taking the necessary precautions to reduce the travel lanes closest to the water, members of the Tampa and Pinellas Park District were happy to see the United States Coast Guard arrive to tow the barge away. Luckily for all involved there were no injuries and only cosmetic damage to the important highway where thousands of vehicles a day cross the Tampa Bay.

Keep up the good work Troop C!