FHP Memorial

Cleo L. Tomlinson, Jr. (1938-1981)

photo of Corporal TomlinsonEnd of Watch:   Monday, July 13, 1981

Corporal Tomlinson was in an airplane crash in St. John’s County while assisting in the search for two suspects wanted for breaking and entering. Trooper Merle Cook and Trooper Robert Pruitt were also lost in this crash.

Corporal Tomlinson had served the residents of Florida, with the Florida Highway Patrol, for 19 years. His career with FHP began August 30, 1962. He was in the 22nd recruit class in Tallahassee, from August 30 to November 17, 1962.  He was stationed in Sanford and St. Augustine.  At the time of his death, he was 42. He was survived by his wife and four children.

News Article Regarding Corporal Tomlinson, Trooper Cook and Trooper Pruitt