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Trooper Phillip A. Black | Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper

Phillip A. Black

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch: Friday, February 20, 1976
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Reflections for Trooper Phillip A. Black

 

Phil Black was a picture book Marine and my friend. I served with Phil as a Recon Corpsman and I admired him greatly. As his medical representative, I went with him to a Medical Board when he continued to have lumbar problems. He chose to leave the Marine Corps and became a Florida State trooper. I was shocked and deeply saddened when I heard of his violent death by two scum on the highway. I will always remember him as one of the best.

LCDR William S Bentley, USN ret
Former Recon Corpsman
October 6, 2017

Phil was my first cousin. His father, Paul, was my mother's brother. Even though he has been gone a long time I think of him often. I wish I knew
What happened to his wife and son. I remember he always called him Scooter. My husband and I live in Delray Beach, FL now. From Illinois. If anybody has any information please let me know. I have MANY MANY FUNNY stories. His name puts a smile on my face

Jackie Lewis Wohlwend
Cousin
April 1, 2017

Hi, Phil! As we get older and reflect on our childhood it is you that comes to mind so often. When I was a young girl we were neighbors in Hillsboro Pines. Do you remember you were Wonder Boy and I was Wonder Girl and we would dress up in hilarious outfits for community BBQ's and fun. I really looked up to you, as a second father and my hero. You were always so kind to all of the neighborhood kids and families. I remember you would give me rides to Margate so I could go to the dances. You know what else I remember...I kicked your butt in pool...LOL!! I sure do miss you. Thank you for being my friend, for being you and giving of yourself to each and everyone one of us. God Bless You!!

Robin Dawson
Friend
January 23, 2017

I was one of those children who was run over by the car in Pompano Beach on a September evening. Trooper Black was there for my parents while they waited for me to come out of surgery. He comforted them and explained to them that the owner of the car did not have any I surance. He assured my parents he would do whatever he could to help them and the five other families caught in this tragedy. The moment still haunts me when my mom approached me explaining Trooper Black had been killed. I screamed and cried, so shocked that a great man could be taken in such a brutal manner. christian and Mrs. Black, I think of you often.. As a sister of a police officer, I understand the sacrifice which families of law enforcement make. I am so glad there is a memorial page to record my memory. Thank you officer Black for your sacrifice.

Carol Gillespie
Grateful friend
July 26, 2015

Trooper Black was a great man I met him when I was in high school we would Race in the lower keys on Sundays and trooper Black would always be there to stops us and if you didn't get a ticket you would get a ride home to your parents as kids we all knew him and respected him very much he told me one time that I should join the Army which I did and stayed 28 years so now when I get in my car and start to drive to fast I can hear him saying slow down Rest in peace my friend

CSM JERRY CURTIS
MY MENTOR
July 14, 2015

My freind and I were on our way north from Pompano going to work on Hillsboro Blvd., Wallin roofing. We must of happened on the tragic scene moments after it happened.It was hard to tell looking in the direction of the rest area what the situation was,as there were two men laying on the ground, a state trooper car with the driver door open and blue light on.I didn't see any other people moving around. A minute or two later a state trooper car passed by me in the median at a high rate of speed throwing grass up in my windshield. Naturally that startled me. Soon after there were several police cars speeding in all directions. Having read the story ,I now know it may have been the shooter as they said they stole the police car. When we arrived at work we found out it was rumored to be Officer Black. We were stunned because we all knew him at the roofing company.Just a few weeks prior he joined us for our Christmas barbeque. Had that never happened Phillip Black made an impression on me I would still remember forever. One day he pulled the work truck over in front of us. Afterwards he came back to our truck and jokingly asked "Do you think Gene's mad at me?, I mean I have to write a ticket every once in a while. He was refering to the fact that that our tags were usually covered with tar or broken lights etc. Nine times out of ten he might stop us just to say hello or have a quick joke. Those few times I encountered O fficer Black clearly impressed me that he was a man of great character, courage, compassion, and a sense of humour. Today 38 years later is the first time I"ve seen his picture and I kind of got chills as if it was just yesterday. To his family and close freinds I hope I didn't hurt by describing what I saw, but more so of what my thoughts were about the man having barely known him, but admired him none the less. Tom Petrovsky

Tom Petrovsky
acuintance
March 16, 2014

A close friend and retired Florida State Trooper posted information about your E.O.W. yesterday. I was just a young child when you were taken from us, but it was "Law Enforcement Officers" like you who made a lasting impression on me to become one myself. Thank you for your service Trooper Phillip A. Black. Rest easy Brother, we have the watch down here.

D/S Andrew D. Roedel J-39
Jackson County Sheriff's Office Marianna, Florida
February 21, 2014

Yes, 38 years have passed and we still miss you.

The Family of Trooper Black
February 20, 2014

IN HONORE CASORUM
Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Poice Department, Ohio
February 20, 2014

Trooper Black ran many calls with me on I-95 & other roads in my zones. Was a great man blessing to work with! The Paramedic's miss him & Firefighters. We will never forget him! RIP.

Debra Owens Paramedic/Firefighter, retir
Broward County Fire Rescue
February 20, 2014

Hi, Phillip.... 38 years today, Sir. I still think of you often and cant help but wonder how many lives have traveled a better path for having come across you, without you even knowing your impact. Like me.... I hope that I am better for having known you.

Roger Walker
Paramedic
BCEMS (retired)
February 20, 2014

Trooper Phillip Black was a kind and gentle man who was constantly concerned about me driving up and down I-95 to Florida Atlantic University from Pompano Beach. I attended fairly late at night after teaching elementary school all day. His son was my student at the time of his murder. When I bought a new car, he recommended that I remove the plate on the front with my name because he said it would put me in harm's way. When he came to pick up his son from school, he would spend time in the classroom helping me clean the desk tops. A true and deeply felt loss even at this very moment. Thank you, Phillip. Your lessons were well-learned.

Claudia McCulloch
December 18, 2013

I saw a story about this incident. WOW what a brave and selfless man Trooper Black was. Sir Thank you for your Service . May God Bless.

Former Federal AGent
INS
July 20, 2013

Thank you, sir, for your service to the citizens of Florida, and for your brave sacrifice to ensure the safety of others!! I saw your death (and that of the Canadian officer) featured today on TV. RIP sir!!

PSO CW Edwards
North Augusta (SC) Dept. of Public Safety
July 20, 2013

I SERVICED WITH PHILL IN THE USMC (61-64). HE WAS MY TEAM/LEADER IN THE 2ND FORCE RECON CO. THE TEAMS CONSISTED OF FOUR MEN. PHILL WAS MY BEST FRIEND. WE BOTH WERE FLORIDA RESIDENTS, PHILL BEING FROM LAKE WALES AND I FROM AUBURNDALE WE SPENT MANY WEEK-ENDS IN HIS 66 "VET" TRAVELING HWY 17 TO AND FROM CAMP GEIGER, NC. HAVING READ ALL THE REFLECTIONS FROM HIS TIME AS A TROOPER, I CAN REPORT THAT THIS EXTRAORDINARY MANS ABILITIES DID NOT BEGAN WITH THE FHP THAT IS THE WAY HE WAS HE WAS ALSO A MARINE'S MARINE. AS I STATED BEFORE WE WERE BEST FRIENDS, HE BEING A SGT. ME A L/CPL HE GAINED MY RESPECT AND OTHERS NOT BY RANK BUT BY EXAMPLE. HE SAVED MY LIFE ONCE IN THE WATERS OFF THE COAST OF ST.THOMAS VI. IN A TRAINING EXERCISE. I COULD GO OWN WITH MANY OTHER EXAMPLES OF THIS MAN'S TRUE ABILITY. NOT ONLY WAS MY FRIEND, HE WAS MY HERO ALSO.

LARRY SHELTON
2ND FORCE RECON USMC
July 1, 2013

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you sir are a hero.. Continue to rest in peace Trooper Black.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL
February 20, 2013

I vividly remember the day this shooting happened. My father was going to South Florida as a Lieutenant in Miami. A seemingly fun day with a friend riding with your dad is somthing I have experienced numerous times, but you never think it could go south like this.

I've only heard positive things about Phil Black. He was a man's man. There are troopers, and then there are men like Phillip Black. Christian, hold your head high and be very proud of your dad. You have my abiding respect. Convey this to the rest of your family, all of you still have us to call on, and we will be there.

My father, Capt. R.S. Howard died 09-22-09.

Best to all of Trooper Black's family

Scott

Senior Trooper Scott A. Howard#684
F.H.P. Statewide/St. Augustine District
January 14, 2013

Dad...you were taken from me at age seven yet I remember everything you taught me about life. I wish you could have been here for so many things...especially the birth of my first child, Phillip Christian Black. He would have been honored to have you for a grandfather and he would make you proud. There will always be an empty place in my heart that can never be filled. I will love you always and make sure you are never forgotten!! To all the people that wrote coments about you I say thankyou for your touching memories. Love always....your son, Christian Black.

Christian Black
Son
October 24, 2012

Proof that while you may be gone, you are never forgotten.

Today, while shopping in an Agway Hardwre in Middlebury VT, I was wearing my FHP Trooper Memorial T shirt. When asked by an employee if I was connected with the FHP. He had a young friend by the name of Phil Black who, years ago, did some work for him. He spoke of knowing him and his family. I responded I was retired from FHP Aux and was just joining when Trooper Black was killed.

It was pleasing to find this man and his memories of Trooper Black.

So many years have passed and there are three names on the memorial now that I knew and worked with as a member of the Auxiliary for 32 years. God bless our Troopers and their families.

Lt Col Lewis Mitten, FHPA Retired
August 4, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your memory will always be honored and revered for time never diminishes respect. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold your family in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your faimly and friends for shariing their memories of you in their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
February 20, 2012

Continue to rest in peace Trooper Black, we will never forget...

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL
February 20, 2012

Rest in Peace, Trooper Black. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
February 9, 2012

I never forget your ultimate sacrifice Phillip.

Anonymous
February 20, 2011

Heroes live forever and you sir are a HERO. We will never forget the sacrifice that you and your family made for us. Continue to rest in peace.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

Anonymous
February 20, 2011

Trooper Black, Sir may GOD BLESS YOU & YOUR FAMILY! A HERO & INSPIRATION to ALL that knew you and those of us who never got the chance too! In two weeks it will be 33 years since you were murdered! Your service and life will NEVER be forgotten! GOD must have needed a special TROOPER in Heaven and thats why you are 10-8 up their! The citizen's of Florida lost a true HERO when you were taken! Thank You and may your story be a guiding light to all who were the BADGE!

Detention Deputy G. Carew
Seminole County Sheriff's Office, FL J.E.P.C.F.
February 6, 2009

 
 

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