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Trooper of the Year named

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In a recent Florida Cabinet meeting, Corporal Julio F. Torres was named the 2017 Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year. The Trooper of the Year is awarded to a deserving member of the Florida Highway Patrol for their core values of courtesy, service and protection ensuring the safety and welfare of millions of Florida citizens and visitors.

“I’m honored to recognize Corporal Julio Torres as Florida Highway Patrol’s 2017 Trooper of the Year. His quick actions responding to an accident were heroic, and illustrate the dedication of our state law enforcement officers. I’d like to thank Corporal Torres and the hardworking law enforcement officer across the state who protect our communities every day,” said Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

About Corporal Julio F. Torres

On February 3, 2016, Corporal Torres was traveling southbound on Interstate 75 in Charlotte County when he witnessed a multi-vehicle crash. One vehicle had broken through the guardrail and landed overturned in a retention pond. Corporal Torres entered the water to rescue the trapped victim and used a knife and crowbar to successfully cut through the seatbelt and remove the passenger. He immediately began administering CPR until emergency medical services arrived.

Torres is currently assigned to FHP Troop L in Broward County and has been with FHP for more than four years.