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Senator Book, District 32 — Press Release


July 16, 2019

CONTACT: Zoraida Druckman, 9544246674

Fallen Pensacola Officer Road Designation by Senator Book Part of Governor-Signed Transportation Package

Senator Lauren Book’s Amendment Honors Fallen Officers Statewide

Tallahassee, FL —

HB 385, a bill relating to transportation sponsored by Senator Manny Diaz Jr. (R-Hialeah) and Representative Bryan Avila (R-Miami Springs), has been signed into law by Governor DeSantis. While the primary content of this bill pertains to Miami-Dade County transportation issues, it contains a critical amendment filed by Senator Lauren Book (D-Plantation) identifying all fallen Florida Highway Patrol officers who have not been recognized for their service with an honorary transportation facility designation – including those from the Pensacola area.  

“The brave men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol work day and night to keep our most dangerous roadways safe—sacrificing time with their own families, to protect and serve ours,” says Senator Lauren Book. “I want to thank Senator Diaz and Representative Avila for allowing this amendment to their bill to ensure those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty are honored for their bravery.”

Senator Book’s amendment creates designations for 26 officers in various counties in honor of their ultimate sacrifice in service to the people of the State of Florida, including the following from the Pensacola area:

  • Trooper Milan D. Hendrix

Trooper Hendrix was on routine patrol duty in Pensacola when his patrol car was in an accident with a log truck.

Trooper Hendrix had served the citizens of Florida, with the Florida Highway Patrol, for 9 years. He was in the 59th recruit class in Tallahassee, from March 17 to June 13, 1980.  At the time of his death, he was 37.

“I am glad to team up with Senator Book to honor our fallen law enforcement officers in this legislation,” says Senator Diaz. “It’s the right thing to do.”

While the core of HB 385 relates to Miami-Dade County, Sen. Book’s amendment recognizes fallen officers from across the State of Florida.