In Memoriam Master Sergeant William Bishop

Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the State Highway Patrol in Florida sadly reports the death of Master Sergeant William Bishop.

A vehicle struck MSgt. Bishop, 52, as he was investigating a vehicle crash on I-75. Bishop was outside his patrol car closing lanes of the freeway when another collision occurred in the center lane.

It has been reported that a Cadillac SUV failed to slow down at the accident scene and struck a Ford Fusion sedan. The Ford sedan was shoved into the crash scene that Bishop was investigating. Consequently, he was struck by the Ford and pinned under the vehicle.

Sheriff deputies nearby pulled Bishop from under the vehicle and rendered aid until advanced medical personnel arrived. He was subsequently transported to University of Florida-Shands Hospital in Gainesville where he succumbed to his injuries.

William Bishop served the Florida Highway Patrol for 30 years. He was also a U.S. Army veteran. He was married three months ago. His wife and son survive him.

Sergeant William Bishop is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Saturday, June 17, 2017.

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)

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Patrick Sharkey

Pat Sharkey earned an associate's Degree at Kellogg Community College and was hired by the Battle Creek Township Police Department as a dispatcher. Pat was then hired by the Michigan State Police and was initially assigned to the Capitol Security Detail. Eight years later, he attended the 98th Trooper Recruit School. Pat served as a trooper for the remainder of his career serving at State Police Posts in Erie, Sandusky, Northville, Flat Rock, Bridgeport, Ypsilanti, and Caro areas of Michigan. He attended Michigan State University’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Program and was certified as an expert witness in several Michigan courts. Pat retired in 2010 after 35 years of public service. He is a correspondent for Law Enforcement Today and enjoys hunting, target shooting, and (most of all) sailing.

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