FHP Trooper in Oct. Crash Dies

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

UPDATE December 31, 2011

The Florida Highway Patrol is mourning the loss of one of its own.

FHP says 39-year-old Trooper William Dyer suffered a stroke while driving out on patrol on I-10 causing him to crash his patrol car back in October. Dyer was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he died Wednesday.

FHP Dyer is not considered to have died in the line of duty because his death was not the result of a crime or an accidental death. A service for Dyer will be held Sunday at the Culley's MeadowWood Timberlane Rd Chaple.

Tallahassee, Florida - October 19, 2011 -

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after an accident on I-10, according to a spokesperson with FHP. The accident happened yesterday around mile marker 209. The FHP trooper, 39-year-old William Dyer, was heading eastbound on I-10 when he struck the call box near mile marker 209. FHP says that weather was not a factor in the crash.

Eyewitness News has contacted TMH about the current condition of William Dyer, and we are still waiting for that update. His condition is unknown at this time. Stay with WCTV for updates.

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  • by Michael Location: Palm Coast on May 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM
    God speed Trooper Dyer. You have served your Country and community well my brother. We have the Watch now.
  • by Dee Location: Tallahassee on Jan 3, 2012 at 06:40 AM
    Technically a trooper is never off duty - all law enforcement officers respond as needed to whatever they come across, whenever they come across it. But that being said, Trooper Dyer was in his patrol vehicle, actively patrolling when this medical event occurred. How can anyone say this is not duty related?? Not to mention that the stress of doing this work no doubt contributed to the stroke. And why is a stroke considered a pre-existing condition? So much wrong with these decisions - the higher-ups at FHP need to put their brains back in.
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      by Sonny on Jan 4, 2012 at 08:25 AM in reply to Dee
      And yet, if an EMT or firefighter suffers a heart attack AFTER a call while no longer involved, it's considered "line of duty". Go figure.
  • by Bubba on Jan 2, 2012 at 04:30 PM
    Not in the line of duty, when he was on duty protecting and serving the state. What kind of morons over him aren't going to honor him. Who made this rule, a knothead. Whoever made and follows this rule, hope they aren't honored/respected when they die an awful death
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      by Concerned Citizen on Jan 2, 2012 at 05:36 PM in reply to Bubba
      Its state law that indicates whether he receives benefits. The law states that pre-exisiting medical conditions are not considered in the line of duty death. Law makers are the only ones that cna change this, not FHP. CHAPTER 440 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION 440.09 Coverage 112.19 Law enforcement, correctional, and correctional probation officers; death benefits
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        by Sonny on Jan 3, 2012 at 06:25 AM in reply to Concerned Citizen
        How can a stroke be "pre-existing"? It's not a pre-existing condition...it just happens.
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      by SNA on Jan 2, 2012 at 06:28 PM in reply to Bubba
      I agree - he was on duty.
  • by Ann Location: Live Oak on Jan 2, 2012 at 03:40 PM
    My prayers go out to this officer's family.
  • by other fhp Location: leon on Jan 2, 2012 at 01:46 PM
    he was a real money maker for us cops at the department. we will miss you money maker..
  • by Tamie Location: Quincy on Jan 2, 2012 at 12:18 PM
    So sorry to hear this, praying for family & friends.
  • by Commonsense Location: Tallahassee on Jan 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM
    Not a Line of duty death? Umm, maybe not by their strick definition, but I'll bet it sure as heck was job related. The medical condition was surely caused by his years on a highly stressful job. A marine with PTSD may not get a purple heart, but his family still gets his death benifits if he died in an accident related to his condition.
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      by brenda a. on Jan 2, 2012 at 03:54 PM in reply to Commonsense
      it really wasent.
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        by Sonny on Jan 2, 2012 at 04:54 PM in reply to brenda a.
        wasent??? Really? Enough said.
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          by debbie on Jan 2, 2012 at 09:01 PM in reply to Sonny
          sonny you arean idiot. get a life.
  • by nole82 Location: New York formerly Tallahassee on Jan 2, 2012 at 09:39 AM
    Many organizations look for any possible way to deny rightful benefits. The Trooper was on patrol. Is that not line of duty? The FHP grinches need to get right! I pass my heartfelt condolences to the family.
  • by Roy on Jan 2, 2012 at 08:14 AM
    Very sorry to hear of this Troopers passing. Thank you for your service, Trooper Dyer. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and co-workers.
  • by Ann Location: Tallahassee on Jan 2, 2012 at 07:16 AM
    I believe that this was "in the line of duty". He was at work, and anytime they strap on that gun, they are in the "line of duty". My mother worked for the FHP for almost 30 years. She LOVED her job, and the loyalty that the troopers shared. Give this man's family, their "in the line" of duty service pay, as befitting an officer with the FHP.
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