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TALLAHASSEE -- Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, honored Sergeant Alvaro Feola and Trooper Robert Ivey as the Florida Highway Patrol's 2013 Troopers of the Year.
Sgt. Feola and Trooper Ivey were selected from more than 100 deserving nominees for their heroic efforts in saving the life of a motorist who was trapped in a burning vehicle last year. The 2013 recognition was presented by Commissioner Putnam.
"I'm proud to recognize Sergeant Alvaro Feola and Trooper Robert Ivey with the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year award," said Commissioner Putnam. "Sergeant Feola and Trooper Ivey demonstrated true heroism by risking their own lives to save the life of a fellow Floridian in need. I want to thank Sergeant Feola and Trooper Ivey, and all Florida Highway Patrol troopers, for their commitment and service to the state of Florida."
"This year's Trooper of the Year award goes to two deserving members of the FHP who displayed their courage and commitment to protecting Floridians," said Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. "Both men risked their lives to save a life, which exemplifies the commitment that a Trooper makes every day he or she puts on their uniform."
On Jan. 14, 2012, Sergeant Feola and Trooper Ivey responded to a traffic crash that occurred on the Florida Turnpike in St. Lucie County. When they arrived at the scene, they found a driver trapped inside a vehicle that was on fire. As the vehicle filling up with smoke, Sergeant Feola was able to break out out a window of the vehicle and Trooper Ivey proceeded to enter the smoke-filled car and cut the seat belt, freeing the driver. Both Troopers then pulled the driver from the burning vehicle and to a safe location.
Sergeant Feola, who was a corporal at the time of the incident, has been with the Florida Highway Patrol for 11 years. He was promoted to Sergeant in September, 2012 and is currently stationed in Miami-Dade County. Trooper Ivey has six years of service with the Patrol. For the past three and a half years he has worked as a K-9 handler with in Fort Pierce.
The Trooper of the Year award was created more than 40 years ago by the Florida Petroleum Council to recognize Florida Highway Patrol Troopers for the work they do each day keeping Floridians and visitors safe on our roads.
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