Photo/Story Gallery 2009

In the Line of Duty

Dedication PlaqueHonor GuardIn October 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed into law a resolution designating May 15 as Peace Officer Memorial Day to honor law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of Duty.

National Police Week occurs each year during the week in which may 15th falls, and recognizes the service and sacrifice of Law Enforcement Officers. National Police Week pays special recognition to those officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

In the 70 year history of the Florida Highway Patrol, we have lost 41 of our members killed in the line of duty.

Dedication PlaqueOn Monday, May 11, 2009, the Florida Highway Patrol recognized and honored two of its fallen heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of our state.

The two families and friends of the fallen Troopers joined Colonel Czernis and fellow Troopers in dedicating the new Troop K, Post 4, office building located in Palm Beach county the Morris – Groves Building.

Colonel John Czernis during the ceremony addressed those gathered and stated

“To the families of these two heroes, let me say that time has not faded the sacrifices they made. We are aware that it has not faded your memories of them or the losses you have suffered. You were in the hearts of the men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol then and you are in our hearts today.”

Trooper Herman Morris was killed in 1972 from a crash that occurred while he was responding to assist another trooper making an arrest on an armed violator. The deadly crash was on the Turnpike at what is now mile marker 102 in Palm Beach County.

Trooper Frederick Groves was shot and killed by four drug traffickers in 1984, during a routine traffic stop on a vehicle loaded with marijuana. The four subjects were subsequently apprehended. The traffic stop was on the Turnpike at what is now mile marker 103 in Palm Beach County.

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