The Florida Highway Patrol is mourning the passing of a trooper and an investigator from Marion County who lost their battles with COVID-19.
Trooper Sean Hryc and Compliance Investigator Ernest “Ernie” Brown, who served more than 17 and 30 years, respectively, both lost their fights with COVID-19 on Saturday, August 28, according to a release from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV).
Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes and Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Deputy Director Lieutenant Colonel Troy Thompson released the following statement regarding the passing:
“Today, the Florida Highway Patrol and FLHSMV family is deeply saddened and collectively heartbroken as we mourn the passing of FHP Trooper Sean Hryc and Compliance Investigator Ernie Brown. Trooper Hryc and Investigator Brown were both valued members of the Florida Highway Patrol, selflessly serving and protecting the residents of Florida for more than 17 and 30 years, respectively. Please keep their families and team members in your thoughts and prayers.”
According to the release, Trooper Hryc served the residents of Florida with the Florida Highway Patrol for more than 17 years. Prior to joining FHP, Trooper Hryc began his career in law enforcement with the Dade City Police Department.
Compliance Investigator Brown served the residents of Florida with the Florida Highway Patrol for more than 30 years. Prior to joining FHP, Brown began his law enforcement career with the Bushnell Police Department and was a member of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
The FHP asks that the public respects the privacy of their families at this time as they grieve this devastating loss.