Portion of I-75 dedicated to FHP Master Sergeant William Bishop
December 1, 2020
Press release from Florida Highway Patrol
A portion of Interstate 75 in Alachua County has been named in remembrance of FHP Master Sergeant William T. Bishop
Today a portion of Interstate 75 between the 399- and 404-mile marker in Alachua County was named in remembrance of fallen Florida Highway Patrol Master Sergeant William T. Bishop.
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Master Sergeant Bishop was a member of the Florida Highway Patrol, serving the citizens and visitors of Florida for thirty years. He began his career with FHP on January 13, 1987, as a member of the 78th Recruit Class in Tallahassee. His duty stations included Brooksville, Marianna, Lake City, and Gainesville.
On Saturday, June 17, 2017, while conducting a traffic crash investigation on Interstate 75 near the 403-mile marker, Master Sergeant Bishop was struck by a southbound vehicle. Shortly after he was transported to a local hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.
“Paying tribute to Master Sergeant Bishop by naming a portion of Interstate 75 in his honor is a great tribute,” said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Master Sergeant Bishop was dedicated to serving the residents and visitors of this state as a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper, and the ultimate sacrifice he paid is well deserving of this recognition.”