FHP Welcomes 52 New Troopers [SLIDE SHOW]

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Florida Highway Patrol Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fifty-two new troopers are ready to get to work. The 123rd Basic Recruit Class graduated from the Florida Highway Patrol Academy this morning at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. Family and friends gathered to celebrate the accomplishment that marks the completion of a demanding 30-week training program that prepares recruits for a career as a Florida State Trooper.

“It is an honor to welcome our newest recruit class to the ranks of trooper,” said Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “We are proud of our history, and we are pleased to have new troopers to carry on FHP’s commitment toward a safer Florida.”

The graduates and guests welcomed long-time supporter of the FHP, Rep. Marti Coley, who delivered the keynote address during the graduation ceremony.

“The FHP has been extremely important to my family and me over the years with my late husband, David Coley’s involvement as a high ranking member of the FHP Auxiliary along with his late brother Scott Coley’s long service as a member of the Florida Highway Patrol,” said Coley. “We are grateful for the service and sacrifice given on a daily basis from our state law enforcement officers and wish these new officers much success and safety as they work to keep our state safe.”

During the commencement ceremony, FHP honored Recruit Albert Chu with the Executive Director’s award for achieving the highest grade point average at the academy. The Patrol presented the Director’s award to Recruit Derek Daniels for demonstrating extraordinary courtesy and dedication during the training.

During their time at the academy, the recruits volunteered at events to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. They visited Pyramid, Inc., an organization that provides workforce and lifestyle programs for developmentally disabled adults and with whom the academy has developed a special relationship. The recruits also participated in two blood drives for the Southeastern Community Blood Center, all while learning how to be the kind of public servant Florida needs and deserves.

Florida’s newest state troopers from the 123rd class will report for duty by Feb.15. A complete listing of the names and duty assignment locations for members of the 123rd Basic Recruit Class is included on pages 2-3. For additional information about employment with FHP, please visit our website at www.BeATrooper.com or contact our Recruitment Office at 850-617-2307.


Last name First name Troop City County
1 Alvarez Manny C Tampa Hillsborough
2 Benedict Megan F Bradenton Manatee
3 Bennett Jazmin G Jacksonville Duval
4 Binet Marlon D Kissimmee Osceola
5 Bogusky Jr. Dennis H Madison Madison
6 Chu Albert C Tampa Hillsborough
7 Clervil Junior F Clewiston Hendry
8 Dalhy Tarik D Orlando Orange
9 Daniels Derek F Punta Gorda Charlotte
10 Donnelly Jonathan F Bradenton Manatee
11 Ellis Samuel H Tallahassee Leon
12 Ellis Scott F Fort Myers Lee
13 Favors Larry I Jacksonville Duval
14 Fernandez Brian D Orlando Orange
15 Fleites Fernando J West Palm Beach Palm Beach
16 Franks Aaron F Wauchula Hardee
17 Gonzalez Carlos J West Palm Beach Palm Beach
18 Gonzalez Jr. Raul J Fort Myers Lee
19 Green Jr. William C New Port Richie Pasco
20 Harris James F Bradenton Manatee
21 Jainandan Christopher D Orlando Orange
22 Jean Louis Francky A Pensacola Escambia
23 Johnson Luke A Blountstown Calhoun
24 Kapitan Timothy A Fort Walton Okaloosa
25 Lamar Jeimy D Orlando Orange
26 Linton Melanie C Land O' lakes Pasco
27 Lopez Daniel A Pensacola Escambia
28 McFarland Michael B Gainesville Alachua
29 Nanan Keil F Bradenton Manatee
30 Nessmith Tyler C Winter Haven Polk
31 Paulin II Ronald C Land O' Lakes Pasco
32 Phillips Barbara C Bushnell Sumter
33 Rayborn George H Quincy Gadsden
34 Rivera Adam F Naples Collier
35 Ruede Kayla D Deland Volusia
36 Saez Jorge F Fort Myers Lee
37 Smith II James H Monticello Jefferson
38 Stidham Nathan H Madison Madison
39 Sturgis Shamus J Orlando Orange
40 Sudlow Jeffrey C Crystal River Citrus
41 Suero Juan F East Naples Collier
42 Thornton Kenneth D Daytona Beach Volusia
43 Tierney Jessica C Tampa Hillsborough
44 Tyre Warren H Madison Madison
45 Vanantwerp Brycen D Scottsmoor Brevard
46 Vazquez Charles F Fort Myers Lee
47 Vernet Gregory D Orlando Orange
48 Vidal Giovanni D Deland Volusia
49 Webb Kenite F Fort Myers Lee
50 Williams Charles B Gainesville Alachua
51 Wolff Rose D Cocoa Brevard
52 Young William H Perry Taylor

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