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Senator Book, District 32 — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 16, 2019

CONTACT: Zoraida Druckman, 9544246674


Fallen Palm Beach County 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 Palm Beach 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 Palm Beach area:

  • Trooper Herman T. Morris

On March 16, 1972, Trooper Morris was on routine patrol in West Palm Beach, when another vehicle forced his cruiser into a bridge railing.

Trooper Morris had served the residents of Florida, with the Florida Highway Patrol, for 3 years. His career with FHP began August 11, 1969. He was in the 36th recruit class in Tallahassee, from September 1 to November 22, 1969.  He was stationed in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.  At the time of his death, he was 27. He was survived by his wife, Brenda, and two sons.

  • Trooper Frederick J. Groves, Jr.

Trooper Groves was shot, September 15, 1984, during a routine traffic stop on the Turnpike in Palm Beach County. The vehicle was loaded with marijuana and four subjects were subsequently apprehended.

Trooper Groves had served the residents of Florida, with the Florida Highway Patrol, for 14 years. His career with FHP began October 1, 1970. He was in the 38th recruit class in Tallahassee, from January 10 to April 3, 1971.  He was stationed in West Palm Beach.  At the time of his death, he was 41. He was survived by a wife, Sandy, and two children.

“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.