FWC Law Enforcement Report

July 14, 2019

The Florida FWC Division of Law Enforcement reported the following activity during the weekly period ending June 27 in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties


Officers Ramos and Long were on vessel patrol in an idle speed zone when they spotted a personal water craft (PWC) casting a wake and passing other vessels. They contacted the operator of the PWC who showed multiples signs of impairment. The operator was placed under arrest for boating under the influence and transported to the Escambia County Jail.


K9 Officer Hutchinson received a call about a teenage male subject who was missing at the Blackwater State Park. The teenager had been missing for over 24 hours after wrecking his truck on the previous day. Officer Hutchinson established the teens last known location, which was a parking lot inside Blackwater State Park. Officer Hutchinson deployed his K9 partner Zara and conducted an area search.

After searching for approximately 45 minutes in a thick swamp, K9 Zara located the teenager down an embankment sitting in the water and wedged between a tree and the river bank. When Officer Hutchinson contacted him he was unable to speak clearly and showed signs of severe dehydration. Officer Hutchinson provided him fresh drinking water and stabilized him to keep him from passing out in the river.

Officers H. Rockwell and Hoomes who were assisting with the search were notified that the teen was located. They retrieved a canoe from the state park and paddled to Officer Hutchinson’s location. The teen was unable to stand or move. The officers put him in the canoe and maneuvered it upriver. The teen was loaded into an ambulance and taken to the hospital.

This report represents some events the FWC handled during the time period; however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement. Information provided by FWC.

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5 Responses to “FWC Law Enforcement Report”

  1. Jamie on July 15th, 2019 4:48 pm

    Wonderful job officers! And we cannot forget Officer K9 Zara,super pup!! Thank you.

  2. Brenda Kite on July 15th, 2019 2:49 pm

    Thank you to all that helped in saving my Grandson Jalen! Words cannot describe the relief I felt knowing you found him alive.
    Forever Greatful, Thank you!! G’Ma B.

  3. Scott Nelson on July 14th, 2019 11:06 am

    I agree whole heatedly with Debbie !
    Always good when there is a rescue not a recovery . Good job FWC .

  4. Dale Perkins on July 14th, 2019 10:41 am

    Thank you for your diligence and saving the young man’s life. I am sure his family will be forever grateful.

  5. Debbie Volpe on July 14th, 2019 5:52 am

    Great job

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