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Senator Book, District 32 — Press Release


July 16, 2019

CONTACT: Zoraida Druckman, 9544246674

Fallen Tallahassee 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 Leon County.  

“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 Tallahassee area:

•     Trooper William “Bill” H. Dyer

Trooper Bill Dyer was in a single vehicle crash on Interstate 10 in Leon County while on duty. He suffered from a medical emergency which caused the crash on Oct. 18, 2011. He died on December 28, 2011.

Trooper Dyer had served the residents of Florida, with the Florida Highway Patrol, for more than 16 years. He began his career with the Florida Highway Patrol in 1994 as a member of the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary. He later applied and was accepted as a member of the 89th recruit class in 1996. At the time of his death, he was 39. He is survived by his mother, father and sister.

“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.