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Fallen Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Bullock remembered as selfless mentor

Posted at 6:33 AM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 08:36:32-05

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joseph Bullock was shot and killed on Wednesday in the line of duty on Interstate 95 in Martin County. He was 42 years old.

Authorities say Bullock had been with the Florida Highway Patrol for 19 years. Bullock spent his law enforcement career as a field training officer, training and mentoring young troopers. He was a part of Troop L in Fort Pierce.

Bullock was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

The Florida Highway Patrol released this statement:

"Today, the entire Florida Highway Patrol and FLHSMV family is heartbroken as we mourn the tragic loss of Trooper Joseph Bullock, a nearly 19-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol who chose to make selflessly serving and protecting others his life's work. Please keep his family and his team members in your prayers."

Bullock is survived by his parents and two sisters.

Condolences have been pouring in from law enforcement agencies across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, who are expressing their sorrow at Trooper Bullock's tragic passing.

Senator Rick Scott shared his condolences on Twitter.

Martin County Sheriff's Office expressed condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Bullock.