Photo/Story Gallery 2008

Pensacola District Commander Retires

Captain Karasek performs his last equipment check. On February 16, Captain David M. Karasek retired after more than thirty years of service to the citizens of Florida and the Florida Highway Patrol. Captain Karasek was born and raised in Pensacola. After graduating from Escambia High School he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served as a drill instructor and air traffic controller for six years prior to beginning his career with the FHP.

Pictured: Captain David Karasek performs his last equipment check.

Captain Karasek began his career with the Patrol January 8, 1978, as part of the 54th Recruit Class. After completing the training academy, he was assigned to Frostproof in Polk County. He transferred back to Pensacola in 1981. Later, he promoted to traffic homicide investigator in 1982, and transferred to Gulf Breeze in Santa Rosa County. In 1983, he promoted to corporal and transferred to Miami. During this time, his rank was upgraded to sergeant. He transferred back to Pensacola in1984, and served as a district sergeant until 1989. Thereafter, he promoted to lieutenant and transferred to the academy where he served as a training lieutenant. In 1991, he was promoted to the rank of captain and transferred back to Pensacola where he remained as the district captain until his retirement. Captain Karasek served as district commander in the Pensacola district for seventeen years.

Captain Karasek’s wife Sonya is a lieutenant with the FHP. He and Sonya have one son, Dave, who will graduate this spring with honors from the University of West Florida with a degree in criminal justice. Dave hopes to follow in his parents’ footsteps and become a trooper. He is currently completing the application process to enter the academy.

Captain Karasek demonstrated unselfish public service to his community and valuable leadership during his tenure in the Pensacola district. His shoes will be hard to fill, and he will be greatly missed. Congratulations on a job well done!

Trooper Karasek working in Polk County in 1978
Trooper Karasek worked in Polk County in 1978

Colonel Czernis presents Captain Karasek’s credentials.
Colonel John Czernis presents Captain Karasek’s credentials.

Dave Karasek speaking at the ceremony.
Dave Karasek speaks at the ceremony.

Attendees enjoying a good meal.
Attendees enjoy a good meal.

Members cooking the fish.
Members cook the fish.

Retired Captain Gomillion attended the retirement party.
Retired Captain Gomillion
attends the retirement party.

Members listening to speeches.
Members listen to speeches.