Funeral Services For Fallen FHP Trooper
Published May 8th, 2014
OCALA - It's a gloomy day for many in law enforcement. As they are putting to rest a Florida Highway Patrol trooper who died in the line of duty last weekend.
Chelsea Richard is the first trooper of 2014 and the second female within FHP to ever be killed in the line of duty. Trooper Richard was transferred to Troop B in the Ocala district on april of last year. She worked with fhp for nearly ten years. Today those who worked with her along with family and friends gathered to celebrate her life.
Law enforcement from across the state along with Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi expressed their remarks during this touching ceremony. Mother, daughter, sister and trooper-- Chelsea Richard was a week away from turning 31 years old.
The director of FHP, Colonel David H. Brierton said, "I pray that every trooper makes it home at the end of the day. Last saturday that didn’t happen. We come together today to honor and celebrate the life of trooper Chelsea Richard and also how she lived her life."
Her significant other also part of law enforcement was going to propose to her the Saturday of the accident. However destiny had other plans. That day Richard was working an accident in Marion County, on I-75 near mile marker 341, when a multiple car pile-up occurred nearby. One of those cars traveled into the east shoulder-- where Trooper Richard, a tow truck driver and pedestrian were all killed.
“Chelsea is the perfect example of a law enforcement officer when we say there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop. That anything can turn deadly in the blink of an eye. When chelsea proudly put on that badge everyday, she did so bravely to protect all of us,” Attorney General, Pam Bondi said.
Colleagues say Richard had a feisty personality and brought laughter and smiles into the life of those around her.
Sergeant Tracy Hisler-Pace Florida Highway Patrol said, “Not only does this touch the state of florida, if you look around you can tell it’s touched states all across our country.”
At the ceremony they made it a point to explain that Richard's greatest joy was her 4 year old son clayton.
“So first as a governor my heart goes out to you… but first i am a parent… i have daughters the same age and i cannot imagine what you’re going through. All the memories you’re going to lose because she is not here, i just can’t imagine that. First thing i thought about was not just losing a great trooper but i started thinking about my family and what it would be like to lose one of my daughters,” Governor Rick Scott said.
While Richard is no longer here, colleagues say she leaves behind many precious memories.
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