Lt. Channing Taylor Honored As Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year

FHP Trooper of the Year

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Florida cabinet members recognized Lt. Channing Taylor as the Florida Highway Patrol 2016 Trooper of the Year.  Lt. Taylor is assigned to FHP Troop D in Cocoa and has been with the FHP for more than 22 years.  “Every day, FHP Troopers leave the comfort of their homes in order to protect us and help ensure motorists Arrive Alive,” said Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director, Terry Rhodes.  On June 14, 2015, Taylor observed a red pickup truck entering the parking lot of the Pilot Gas Station on State Road 520 in Brevard County without its headlights on.  Taylor approached the vehicle to inform the driver regarding the headlights.  After the initial contact with the driver, the passenger of the vehicle produced a revolver and fired at Taylor, striking him in the shoulder.  He found cover, and with a clear line of sight, engaged the subject with his service weapon, fatally wounding the suspect.  The driver of the truck was taken into custody immediately after the incident.  “On that dark Sunday evening, Lt. Taylor made selfless decisions that undoubtedly saved the lives of innocent bystanders.  He is a hero who has earned our gratitude and commendation,” said Rhodes.  FHP Director, Col. Gene Spaulding, commended Taylor for his actions.  “He not only ended a life-threatening situation to himself, but his quick and decisive actions ensured the safety of the individuals around him,” said Spaulding.   “Lt. Taylor demonstrated his commitment to the Florida Highway Patrol and the residents and visitors of the great state of Florida by his actions that day and is well deserving of this recognition.”  The Trooper of the Year award was created in 1965 by the Florida Petroleum Council to recognize Florida Highway Patrol Troopers for the work they do each day to ensure A Safer Florida. 

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