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Trooper Alvin Vincent Kohler | Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper

Alvin Vincent Kohler

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 19, 1978
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Reflections for Trooper Alvin Vincent Kohler

 

I was the on duty police dispatcher (22 yrs old at the time) with Metro-Dade Police working South Frequency the evening you were murdered. It was one of my units, passing by while en-route to another call, who advised me to notify FHP Turnpike of a vehicle fire at the SW 168 St overpass. I can't help feeling somewhat responsible for having sent you to that call. Never expected that an hour later I would get another call of an officer down. You were there to help a stranded motorist whose car was on fire. They waited until the Fire Dept. left the scene before shooting you and the tow truck driver. They headed south in the tow truck. I put out the BOLO and they were apprehended getting off the Turnpike in Florida City. I am now 59 years old and retired. Your death and that of the tow truck driver has huanted me all these years. I often pray for you and the tow truck driver and your families. God Bless.

Theresa Morris, Police Disp Supv 2
Miami-Dade Police Dept.
February 16, 2016

I never got the pleasure in getting to know you, but I will never forget that day the lord took you away as i held you in my arms. You inspired me to become a police officer that day and I will always be grateful because it made a part of who I'am. You will always be remembered in my heart.

Thank you.

Officer Francisco Esteves
Hialeah Police Department., Miami, Fl
July 1, 2015

Mr. Kohler,

My father served with you in the Air Force, and spoke very highly of you while I was growing up. I met your parents a few years back as well, and a few of your friends. I have never heard such kind words to discribe someone, your character and actions are an inspiration to me. I am currently attending the FL police academy and often think of you when in class. Rest in peace Mr. Kohler, I only hope I could be as good as a officer as you.

BLE243
SF

Police Cadet
Florida
October 8, 2014

Thinking of you, your family & my father today. 36 years later, the loss & pain is still unbearable.

Clara Carrandi Santana
Daughter of civilian, Ivan Carrandi, Tow Truck Driver
September 19, 2014

Thinking of Al's family today. Left my last assignment to finish my years on the Turnpike like you and dad. I'm up at the "hump " with the rest of us that are going to have too leave soon with 30 years. Remember "Big John ?" He passed away too.

Al, you have been a great help in my life as a Senior trooper. Heck, you could have been the Director by now. You have been missed by many, and I still wear your name on my wrist every day. I miss you bro. Say hello to dad and all the other fallen troopers for me. Love you man. Parkway says hello...out.

Respectfully, I am.

Senior Trooper Scott Ashley Howard #643
Florida's Main Street, The Turnpike.
Troop K Orlando

Senior Scott A. Howard
F.H.P Troop K - Sunshine State Parkway
April 15, 2014

HEROES live forever and you sir are a hero... May you continue to rest in peace Trooper Kohler.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL
September 19, 2012

One month and 14 days after meeting you , you were fatally shot. I had just turned 13. My father was called out and sped to the scene as one of the Miami District Commanders.

The initial impression you made on me by a firm handshake when my dad introduced us at the old Post 1 has lasted. "Hi Scott...Al Kohler".

I wear a metal memorial band on my wrist every day that FHP 1659 is started and my shift begins.

Trooper Alvin V. Kohler. End of watch 09-19-78.

Thank you for giving me a career of guidance. I've trained a bunch of new ones and you always brought to light the term "hero". One of them is now a Sheriff.

I'm stationed in Troop G again. The troop Headquarters is named in your memory, with you resting not far away.

My career has now reached 25 years and the "DROP program"

We will meet again one day big brother. Not with that firm handshake, but a strong and tearful hug to thank you for what you provided me, to teach to others, during our only meeting.

Thoughts to the Carrandi family as well. Rest in peace Mr. Ivan, who fell that night with Al.


Scott

Sr. Tpr. S.A. Howard #746
F.H.P. St. Augustine
June 15, 2012

Sending my letter to the Parole Commission. Thank you for serving.

Ofc CG
March 22, 2012

Not sure how someone convicted and sentenced to THREE life terms could even be eligible for parole? Printing and sending a letter today to the Parole Commission. Thank you for your service Trooper Kohler. You will NEVER be forgotten!

D/S Andrew D. Roedel
Jackson County Sheriff's Department - Marianna, FL
March 22, 2012

A "No Parole" letter for the thug that killed you has been sent. You will never be forgotten.

Kristi Porter
Surviving Adult Child
March 21, 2012

A "No parole" letter has been sent, so your cowardly killer remains locked up - and denied the pleasure of living in a world that you made safe for all of us.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County Police Department
March 21, 2012

NO PAROLE FOR ANY PERSON THAT KILLS LEO.

C.O. S. Jewett
FL DOC
March 21, 2012

I was 16 years old and this Trooper was gunned down close to where I lives. I remember it like yesterday...23 years old, 11 months on the street, stopping to help someone and he is killed...NO PAROLE for his killer!

Offier Paul Adelfio
Lexington-Fayette County Police Dept.
March 21, 2012

Rest In Peace Trooper Kohler.

Officer Christopher Goodwin (Retired)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg NC Police Dept.
March 20, 2012

My dad was very good friends with Oscar and Martha Kohler. The day little Alvin was brought home from the hospital after being born, we went to see him and I got to hold him. Even though I was a kid at the time, and am now 60 yrs. old, I still vividly remember holding baby Alvin in my arms. Then, the unthinkable happened and I found myself attending his funeral as a fellow police officer. Even today, I visit his grave often.
God bless you, Alvin.....you're in Heaven now and at peace.

(Retired) Det. John Barry Frascello
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
February 17, 2012

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

Officer 11169
February 9, 2012

Trooper Kohler, we will never forget the sacrifice you made for us, you sir are a hero.... Continue to rest in peace sir.

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

Deb
September 19, 2011

Today marks 32 years since your untimely and tragic death. Your brothers and sisters to the north still hold you in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you, your family and the Florida Highway Patrol.

Trooper
Maine State Police
September 19, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd 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 friends left such beautiful reflections in your honor. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
September 19, 2010

Trooper Kohler, reading the reflections you sound like a great man who was blessed with good friends. THey all miss you very much. Thank you for your service to our nation and the state of Florida. you will not be forgotten.

SSA Ellen Pierson
US ICE
July 10, 2010

Today marks thirty years since your tragic death. I knew the 15-year-old shooter slightly at his junior high school. I was shocked to hear of this crime from a newspaper reporter who called me at school. The shooter has been in prison now for thirty years. I have learned how to look up prisoners on the website. He looks awful, since he was sentenced to life. How sad that he shot not only you, but a helpful tow truck driver. May you rest in peace.

Eileen Harris
Retired educator
September 19, 2008

Almost 30 years ago, my wife and young baby daughter picked me up from work and we were driving home along the Turnpike Extension when I came over the hill and saw along the edge of the road ahead...your Trooper vehicle, a tow truck and a car.

As we got closer, we saw out of the corner of our eyes someone (who was probably you) on the ground between the cars moving.

My wife at the time, said "Stop ...someone is hurt"... (usually I do what she says) ... but this time some how I said, "No that is the Tow Truck Driver, reaching under the car to hook it up" by now we were past the scene and could see another car ahead, pulled over with two guys looking back at the scene. We continued home.

The next day I was shocked to learn from the news reports that you had been killed along with the Tow Truck Driver and that the individuals responsible for your death were found in the Keys driving the Tow Truck.

For almost 30 years I have thought of this evening. And thanked God that he protected my family and myself by "not allowing" me to stop, as I know the killer was still there as the tow truck was still there.

Tonight I went online and did a search and found your site.

To your family and love ones, I am sorry for your lost.

Thank you Alvin for your service. I am sorry I did not stop to help you, but I am sure that I and my family would have been killed as well.

Steven Griffin
Passer By
July 10, 2008

Trooper Kohler I thank you along with so many other law enforcement officer for giving the ultimate sacrafice. It is a true tribute to your genuinely good qualities to be rembered this way by your fellow officer from Colier County. My son, who is 20, and is color blind also wants nothing more to be a Flordia Highway Patrol Trooper. I only can hope that he to will be able to become one of our State's finest law enforcement officers. God bless you Trooperr Kohler.

Captain Tomas Halvorsen (Ret.)
Lee County Sheriff, Fl
June 25, 2008

To my "best friend" Al.

Al and I were in the US Air Force together and we were stationed at both Keesler AFB (1973-1974) and then Thule AFB, Greenland (1975-1976). As I ended my 4 year stint, Al stayed in the Air Force to finish his 6 year enlistment; I left in 1976 to join the Sebring Florida PD. In 1977 I came to the Collier County SO in Naples Florida, where I am now situated to retire after 31 years.

Al and I kept tabs for all those years as he finished the service. He wanted to be an FHP Trooper for as long as I knew him. He had one problem... he was color blind and he needed an FHP waiver. He finally got that waiver, I think his mom knew someone that helped to push it through. When Al moved to the Kendall area of Miami I went to see him quite often. I was there one Saturday to Sunday and stayed at his little apartment. His job, as a FHP rookie (just a month shy of his first year) was to patrol the Florida Turnpike. As we said goodbye, we had planned on getting together in 4 days on that Thursday. Al was taken from us on Tuesday, September 19, 1978. I'll never forget that day. I actually was washing my car and heard about the shooting and his name as it came over my FM radio.

That day a indellable mark was made on all his friends, and all who knew him felt the loss. Those that really knew Al, know how true that is. One never knows when you'll loose a close friend. I lost one of my best.

Al's mom, Martha, gave me his handcuffs (inscribed with his initials "AVK"). For 30 years I have carried those handcuffs and every person I have arrested has had the pleasure of meeting a little piece of ALVIN V. KOHLER ! I had great subliminal satisfaction knowing my arrests were his arrests. As thirty years draws close I plan on taking Sept 19th, 2008 and spending the day thinking of Al and his family. A road in Miami is named after him, there is a plaque at the base of a flagpole at a Florida Turnpike Rest Area and the FHP Building in Tallahassee all bear his name. Those honors and that of his name on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC (Panel 39, east wall, line 14) are all but just a few of the things that keep our life-long thoughts and memories of Trooper Alvin Vincent Kohler. God Bless you my friend, your mom, dad, brothers, sisters and family. We love and miss you dearly!

Tom Smith
CCSO ID #212
"A blood-brother in spirit and heart"

Lt. Thomas B. Smith
Collier County Sheriff's Office, Naples FL
March 4, 2008

You were honored on the website today. After almost
30 years, your memory lingers. Thanks for your service
to your state and country. It's men like you that make
America great!
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


January 6, 2008

 
 

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