CONTACT: CAPT. NANCY RASMUSSEN
FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL
TROOPERS HONORED FOR TOP DUI ENFORCEMENT
~ Hurd-Smith winner named at MADD ceremony ~
TAMPA, Fla. – Trooper Anthony Palese of Tampa has been named the Florida Highway Patrol’s 2013 Hurd-Smith Award winner. The award, given to the FHP trooper with the most Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests in a single year, was named in honor of two troopers who were killed in the line of duty by drunk drivers. Trooper Palese made 193 DUI arrests last year.
“This is the second time Trooper Palese has been the recipient of the Hurd-Smith Award. He was first recognized in 2003,” said Florida Highway Patrol Colonel David Brierton. “Trooper Palese has consistently pursued impaired drivers since he began his career with the Florida Highway Patrol in 2000. We are proud of him and all our members for removing impaired drivers from our roads.”
Trooper Palese was honored during a Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) Law Enforcement Recognition ceremony in Tampa Friday. FHP has been recognizing troopers with the award for 16 years at the annual MADD event.
MADD and FHP also recognized ten other troopers from across the state for their efforts to remove impaired drivers from the roadways by making more than 100 DUI arrests each in 2012:
• Trooper Jose Ramirez (2012 Hurd-Smith winner), Orlando District
• Trooper William Breen, Ft. Myers District
• Trooper Deborah Hawkins, Orlando District
• Trooper Melvin Arthur, Venice District
• Trooper Gabriel Keyes, Orlando District
• Trooper Niles Daughtry, Pensacola District
• Trooper Mark Castleberry, Orlando District
• Trooper Joshua Evans, Orlando District
• Trooper Greg Healy, Jacksonville District
• Trooper Charles Alexander, Pensacola District
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