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William Trampas Bishop

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William Trampas Bishop was a Police Officer with the rank of Master Sergeant​​ with the Florida Highway Patrol​. He had served with the force for 30 years and was a Veteran​ who had previously served in the U.S. Army​. William was known as a loving husband and a great father to his son. [1]

Personal Life

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Photo of William Trampass Bishop and his wife Lisa at his niece's wedding [1]

William Trampas Bishop was the husband of Lisa Renee Bishop. The couple got married in November, 2016 and live in Lake City, Florida​. William has an adult son named Jedidiah Trampas Bishop. He was proud that his son, had voted for first time in the 2016 US Presidential election​. William was originally from Thomasville, Georgia​ and attended Thomas County Central High School​.  [1]

Career

William Trampas Bishop was a Master Sergeant​​ with the Florida Highway Patrol​ and had served with the force for 30 years. In April, 2013 he received an award from Chief Gilmore, for catching a hit and run​ driver. He had also served as a Corporal​ E-4 with Military Police Corps (US)​, the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Army​.  He had trained at Fort McClellan, Alabama​ while with the Army. [1]​ 

Death

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Poster in Master Sgt. Bishop's memory

On June 17, 2017 Master Sgt. William Trampas Bishop was fatally struck by a car while on duty. He had got pinned under a car after being struck outside his patrol car on Interstate 75​ in Alachua County, Florida​ officials said. [2]

 

Deputies with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office​ responded to a crash on southbound Interstate 75 about 6:30 p.m. and handed it off to troopers, said Chris Sims, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. [2]

 

Bishop was trying to close off several lanes of the interstate to investigate the crash when a Cadillac didn’t slow down and rear-ended a Ford Fusion​ which in turn struck the trooper, said highway patrol Lt. Patrick Riordan. [2]

 

Shortly after deputies left, the Sheriff’s Office started getting multiple calls that a trooper had been hit by a vehicle while investigating the crash, Sims said. Deputies went back and saw the trooper was pinned under a Ford Fusion.“They pulled him out from under the vehicle and they rendered as much aid as they could” until paramedics responded and took him to an area hospital, Sims said. [2]

 

Riordan said he knew Bishop well and he was a dedicated servant to the community. “He was well-liked and a senior member of the Florida Highway Patrol,” he said. “He was just out doing his job and this happened.” [2]

 

No one has been arrested in the crash and troopers say an extensive investigation is underway. [2]

 

A statement was sent late Saturday from the highway patrol and Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, explaining that everyone was grieving with Bishop’s wife, son and the rest of his family during this “horrific time,” adding he was a model trooper who “put the well-being of those he serves above his own to keep Florida roadways safe.” [5]

 

Both FHP and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said that “this is a tragedy that highlights the risks that FHP troopers encounter every day as they serve our state.” [5]

 

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