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FHP Awards Medal of Valor

Lt. Col. Ernesto Duarte, Trooper Diaz, Exec. Dir. Julie Jones and Major Sammie ThomasOn June 14, the Florida Highway Patrol recognized Trooper Marcos Diaz for an act of heroism that was above and beyond the call of duty. Executive Director Julie Jones presented the Medal of Valor Award – the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the Agency by.

Trooper Marcos Diaz responded to a capsized vessel in the ocean with three occupants near the 109 mile marker of US 1 in Monroe County. Upon arriving on the scene, two of the occupants, who swam to shore, told Trooper Diaz and Monroe County Emergency Medical Service personnel that a third occupant was still out in the water, who could not swim. Diaz immediately jumped in the water with a backboard from EMS and was able to reach the victim just as he started to go under water from exhaustion. Without Trooper Diaz’s quick response and decisive action, this incident could have ended tragically. Trooper Diaz performed this heroic act with complete disregard for his own personal safety, which directly resulted in the saving of a human life. Trooper Diaz was recognized by the Patrol as the July 2012 Trooper of the Month.

Trooper Diaz is to be commended for his actions and his demonstrated commitment to the residents of Florida.

Read more about Trooper Diaz’s story: Medal of Valor Recipient