Member Recognition

2015 Duty Officer of the Quarter

January through March | Communications Training Officer Elise Hodges

Congratulations to Communications Training Officer Elise Hodges on her selection as the Florida Highway Patrol Duty Officer of the Quarter for January through March 2015.

On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, Hodges received a 911 transfer call on a crash with occupants seen physically fighting inside. Hodges was able to gather information from the caller so she could alert the first responders to what type of situation they were responding to. Hodges also displayed empathy to the callers and assured them that help was on the way.

In addition to handling that call for service, Hodges was working an incident involving a semi-truck that had overturned as well as numerous requests from troopers over the radio. Hodges was able to quickly dispatch the above call for service, continue working the current radio operations and still give the caller her undivided attention.

Hodges’ work ethic, professional knowledge, dedication and perseverance make her a real asset to the Florida Highway Patrol. Hodges is congratulated for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Duty Officer of the Quarter for January through March 2015.


April through June | Duty Officer Richard Lieto

Congratulations to Duty Officer Richard Lieto on his selection as the Florida Highway Patrol Duty Officer of the Quarter for April through June 2015.

On Sunday, June 14, 2015, Lieto had just reported to work and copied the location and a driver’s license number at the request of Lt. Channing Taylor. While preparing to run the subject through FCIC/NCIC, Lt. Taylor said, “I’ve been shot.”

Lieto remained calm and immediately initiated the emergency alert tone button on his radio console. Lieto placed the channel on 10-24/10-33 emergency traffic and proceeded to have units’ en-route to the scene of the shooting. Lieto was also taking information from Lt. Taylor pertaining to the suspect vehicle and its location as the vehicle attempted to flee the scene.

Not long after the initial transmission, Lieto helped facilitate multiple FHP units along with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and Brevard County Fire Rescue to the scene of the shooting and the scene was secured.

Lieto’s work ethic, professional knowledge, dedication and perseverance make him a real asset to the Florida Highway Patrol. Lieto is congratulated for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Duty Officer of the Quarter for April through June 2015.


July through September | Duty Officer Krystal Miller

Congratulations to Duty Officer Krystal Miller on her selection as the Florida Highway Patrol Duty Officer of the Quarter for July through September 2015.

On Saturday, July 25, 2015, Miller was working the Gainesville console when a trooper checked out a stopped vehicle with someone lying on the ground. As the trooper approached the subject, he jumped up and fired at the trooper, fleeing into the adjacent wooded area. Miller immediately put out 10-33 traffic on the radio and got other law enforcement officers en-route to the area. This incident lasted several hours, involved several agencies, as well as closing the Interstate. Miller also coordinated several aspects of this call, which included entering accurate and up to date CAD notes.

Miller’s work ethic, professional knowledge, dedication and perseverance make her a real asset to the Florida Highway Patrol. Miller is congratulated for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Duty Officer of the Quarter for July through September 2015.