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Trooper of the Year

December 6th, 2016 by Mike Vasilinda

A twenty year plus veteran of the Highway Patrol was honored this morning as the Trooper of the Year. Lt. Channing Taylor was on his way home on a Sunday night. He stopped to gas his car, noticed a car without headlights pull into the station, and wen to caution the driver as a courtesy. When the driver couldn’t produce an ID, Taylor ran the tag on the car and was hit as the passenger began firing. Taylor retuned three shots, killing the passenger.

“Law enforcement is a thankless occupation and it always has been. We don’t go into it because we want the recognition and the rewards and money and stuff. There’s no money in our job. Unfortunately. we do it because we want to help people and there’s a lot of other occupations that are the same way, and they don’t get shot at” says taylor.

Q:”How do you feel having a target on your back these days” we asked.

“It makes me nervous. It makes think twice. I make some enjoy the minutes I do have on the face of the earth and in Florida. I wouldn’t trade it for anything” responded taylor.

The Trooper fired just three shots because he was worried about other in the station.

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