As those of you who are receiving this email know, we have had some difficulty in arranging for LEO cooperation for our escorts. At our recent send off for the 144th from Marianna, I was able to get contact information for a FHP trooper in Lt. Gov. Kottkamp's office. He contacted me last week and we played phone tag. He finally got me Sunday afternoon and I went to his office at the Capitol where we had an extended conversation. He was very appreciative of what we do. The Lt. Gov. asked him to give us some assistance. The PGR escorted the funeral of the father of the Chief of Staff.He, the trooper, understands what we are trying to do and the purpose. He is fully supportive. I also briefed him on our proposed new law and he is willing to assist us in whatever manner he can to help that process along.The bottom line is this. When we need an escort, and have exhausted our local options, I will contact him. There are the caveats of time and available manpower. From our conversation, I think a KIA is complete doable. Welcome homes and send offs are more questionable, but we can ask.This is the first positive response in the Tallahassee area and I appreciate it. We still must continue to press our case with Leon County and TPD. There is a Sheriff's Association meeting in South Florida this week. Next week I will be making contact with Larry Campbell's office and attempt to schedule a meeting to discuss our issues.,I thank you all for your support and hope you view this as a positive.
Florida State Captain
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