Trooper Alvin Vincent Kohler

Trooper Alvin Vincent Kohler

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, September 19, 1978

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Alvin Vincent Kohler

Trooper Alvin Kohler was shot and killed in Miami when he stopped to help a disabled motorist.

Trooper Kohler requested a tow truck and started writing the 15-year-old driver a citation for failure to comply with a restriction on his license. When the tow truck arrived, the youth opened fire with a handgun killing the trooper and the tow truck driver. The suspect and a companion then fled in the tow truck. Minutes later they were captured by two Florida City police officers.

The shooter was convicted of two counts of murder and robbery and sentenced to three life terms in prison.

Trooper Kohler was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 11 months.

Bio

  • Age 23
  • Tour 11 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

juvenile

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Al was my friend and one of a very close group of us (including his brother David RIP) that grew up together on the westside of Jacksonville Florida, attending Stillwell Junior High and Ed White High School together. He was our Class Vice President. We all call each other best friends.....even today, Al is spoken of often in the circle of friends who remain together and which he is still considered a principle member of to this day. It IS an honor we call him friend.

I was one of the few who knew Al's reason for going into law enforcement. Caused by a specific event where he was unable to protect and assist someone in need, a date who ran into a former boyfriend and his friends who were out for trouble. His resolve was to make sure that never happened again. He quickly devised his plan, that was his way. So it was the Air Force to start his training in Law Enforcement as a Security Specialist, then on to the FHP as soon as he could get in. A corrective lens (red in color) in one eye solved his color blindness problem. We use to laugh with him when non-matching socks made it into his wardrobe on any given day in high school and beyond. Usually the result of a switch in previously matched pairings by one of his brothers as a joke.

This past Wednesday March 13th 2019, I was honored to speak before the Florida Commission on Offender Review in Tallahassee at the hearing on the parole consideration of Al's killer Lester Enriquez. Al's mother Martha, Sister Karoline, niece and cousin also attended. Martha was unable to speak and Karoline elected to allow me to speak for them in their place. For that I thank them for the honor. Myself and two other gentlemen (Joe Chancy one of them) spoke in Opposition to granting parole within the 10 minute time limit allowed to the opposition. Joe was Al's boss at the time of the shooting and assigned Al to the area where he was shot, the result of a necessary sub area re-alignment due to another trooper needing to take off that day to bring his wife and new born baby home from the hospital. He gave a very good impassioned speech on the events of that day. No one showed to speak in support of parole, thankfully.

In conclusion, the Board recommended NO parole and set his next review consideration to be Oct. 2025. Also, they extended his earliest release date (if no parole is ever granted) from 2068 to 2070.

I'll be at every hearing going forward as long as I am alive to do my best to keep the killer where he belongs.

Russ Stalvey
Life long (and beyond) Friend

March 15, 2019

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