2015 Trooper of the Year
Lieutenant Channing Taylor
On June 14, 2015, Lieutenant Channing Taylor saw an older model pickup enter the parking lot of a Pilot gas station without headlights. As Lt. Taylor approached the driver and requested her driver’s license, the passenger fired several shots striking him in the right shoulder. Lt. Taylor returned fire fatally wounding the passenger. The driver fled the scene and crashed shortly afterwards where she was apprehended and arrested.
*The Florida Highway Patrol awarded Trooper of the Year in the year following the actions of the award winner. Starting in 2015 the Trooper of the Year Award listed the year the action(s) were completed instead of the year the award was issued.