Photo/Story Gallery 2007
FHP Awards Medal of Valor
On July 6, 2007, surrounded by his family, friends and co-workers, Lieutenant Roley Kiker was recognized by the FHP for an act of heroism that was above and beyond the call of duty. He was presented the Medal of Valor Award – the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the Florida Highway Patrol.
Pictured, Alisa Kiker (wife), Lieutenant Roley Kiker, and Colonel Christopher Knight
Lt. Kiker, while off-duty, observed an Escambia County Sheriff’s Deputy in a dangerous situation and in need of assistance. The deputy was exiting his patrol car with his firearm drawn. When Lt. Kiker realized the risk to the public, he repositioned his vehicle, putting himself directly in the line of fire. When the suspect aimed his firearm at him, he forced Lt. Kiker to fire his weapon in self-defense. Thanks to Lt. Kiker’s quick and decisive actions this incident was brought to a successful conclusion. Lt. Kiker was recognized by the Patrol as the September 2006 Trooper of the Month.
Lt. Kiker is to be commended for his actions. He not only ended a life threatening situation to himself and the deputy, but also removed a violent felon from the community in which he serves. He demonstrated his commitment to the Florida Highway Patrol, and the citizens he serves by his brave actions on that day.
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Trooper receives Medal of Valor
Published on Saturday, July 7, 2007
in the Santa Rosa Press Gazette
PENSACOLA – On July 6, 2007, the Florida Highway Patrol announced Lieutenant Roley E. Kiker was awarded with the Medal of Valor for his actions on September 18, 2006 while apprehending a violent felon in Pensacola.
He was presented the Medal of Valor by Florida Highway Patrol Colonel Christopher Knight.
On Monday, September 18, 2006 officials say Lt. Kiker was in an off-duty status traveling to the Fitness Works gym for physical fitness training.
While enroute he observed an Escambia County Sheriff’s office deputy exiting his patrol car with his firearm drawn. After immediately notifying the Tallahassee Regional Communications Center of the situation, Lt. Kiker took up a defensive position to back the deputy up.
The deputy then informed Lt. Kiker that the white male suspect who was sitting in a vehicle in a ditch had just tried to rob the Winn Dixie Food Store on Nine Mile Road.
Several vehicles drove between the deputy’s vehicle and the armed suspect’s vehicle. Seeing the danger to the public, Lt. Kiker repositioned his vehicle blocking the roadway to protect the public. In doing so he positioned himself closer to the armed suspect.
Lt. Kiker and the deputy gave repeated commands to the suspect, directing him to drop his weapon and exit the vehicle. The suspect then exited his vehicle and pointed a gun at Lt. Kiker, who ordered the suspect repeatedly to drop his weapon.
The suspect however raised his gun and pointed it at Lt. Kiker, at which time Lt. Kiker fired one round, striking the suspect in the abdomen. The suspect fell to the ground and was immediately handcuffed and secured.
The suspect was subsequently transported from the scene to West Florida Hospital. He was charged by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office with robbery and aggravated assault.
This suspect was also wanted by the FBI for bank robbery in Foley Alabama. Lt. Kiker displayed outstanding bravery and courage in the protection of life, preservation of peace and prevention of a criminal act.
In doing so he exposed himself to great peril and personal danger and acted above and beyond the call of duty.
Lt. Kiker is to be commended for his actions. Lt Kiker not only ended a life threatening situation to himself and the deputy, but also removed a violent felon from the community in which he serves.
He demonstrates his commitment to the Florida Highway Patrol, and the citizens he serves by his unselfish actions on that day.
Lt. Kiker’s family was present for the presentation, and is very proud of him for his medal of valor award.
Trooper shoots robbery suspect
Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2006
in the Pensacola News-Journal
A Florida Highway Patrol trooper shot a Pensacola man in the abdomen Monday morning after an attempted armed robbery at a pharmacy on Nine Mile Road, investigators said.
Lt. Roley Kiker of the Highway Patrol was assisting Escambia County deputies after the suspect crashed his vehicle.
Deputies had chased Cecil Jason Jernigan to the intersection of Greenbrier Boulevard and Guidy Lane after recognizing the car as one used in a getaway from Winn-Dixie, 312 E. Nine Mile Road, Sgt. Mike Ward of the Sheriff’s Office said.
Jernigan, 31, lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road.
“He barged into the pharmacy with a weapon,” Ward said. “Apparently it went bad, and he took off.”
Investigators said a man they believe to be Jernigan had asked the pharmacist at Winn-Dixie for methadone. Upon hearing there was none, he jumped over the counter, struggled with the pharmacist, fired a shot and left in the car.
Winn-Dixie’s manager and pharmacist declined comment. There were no reported injuries at the store.
Jernigan refused several times to give up his handgun when deputies and Kiker confronted him, Ward said. Witnesses reported that he pointed the gun at the trooper who then shot him at 10:55 a.m.
Jernigan was transported to West Florida Hospital by ambulance and was in fair condition Monday evening, the nursing supervisor said.
The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the attempted robbery, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting by the trooper.
“Just so there’s no bias, we step in to investigate the shooting itself,” said Karen Mason, spokeswoman for FDLE’s Pensacola region.
Jernigan had an outstanding warrant in Escambia County for grand theft of a firearm, armed burglary and petty theft that stemmed from an incident in March, according to the crime report.
“Day in and day out, we’re confronted with these types of situations,” said Lt. Steve Preston, spokesman for the Pensacola division of the Highway Patrol.