FORT MYERS, FL -- On December 1, a portion of State Road (S.R.) 80 in Lee County will be renamed in remembrance of fallen Florida Highway Patrol Corporal Joseph R. Bertrand.
Corporal Bertrand was a member of the 8th Florida Highway Patrol Recruit Class and graduated on October 4, 1951. Corporal Bertrand was stationed in several areas throughout the state during his career to include Pahokee, Homestead, Miami, Pinellas Park and Fort Myers. Corporal Bertrand was shot by a violator on SR-80, while on a traffic stop conducting a DUI investigation on December 22, 1967. He was 46 years old at the time of his death.
“Corporal Bertrand served the residents and visitors of the State of Florida with great dedication as a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “It is a great honor to have a portion of the Highway named in his memory and for his dedicated service.
The ceremony for Corporal Bertrand will be held at the Florida Highway Patrol station at 10041 Daniels Parkway, Ft. Myers, Florida and will begin at 9 a.m.for the renaming of a portion of S.R. 80.