Manatee County trooper named officer of the year

Florida Highway Patrol Cpl. Darrel Carroll patrols the roads of Manatee County with devotion and fairness, according to fellow law enforcement officers.

For his dedication to duty, Carroll was named the 2012 Officer of the Year May 17 by the Manatee Hundred Club at the Bradenton Country Club.

On hand for the celebration were Manatee County state attorney Earl Moreland, Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat, former FHP Major Ron Getman, Bradenton Mayor Bill Evers, Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube, Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine and Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale.

Carroll, who primarily has the difficult task of working crash scenes in Manatee County, was humbled by the recognition, thanking a large crowd of his fellow law enforcement officers, who attended the ceremony.

There were eight nominees for the recognition, including Longboat Key Police Chief Al Hogle, who died three weeks ago in a tragic motorcycle accident.

Two Bradenton Beach officers and one Holmes Beach officer were among this year’s nominees. HBPD officer Brian Copeman was up for the award, as were BBPD Detective Sgt. Leonard Diaz and Sgt. Shane Shehorn.

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