Fort Myers, Fl – On December 19, 2019, a portion of Interstate 75, from mile marker 130 to mile marker 133,
in Lee County, will be dedicated in remembrance of fallen Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant Daniel Hinton.
Lieutenant Hinton was a member of the 74th Florida Highway Patrol recruit class, having graduated in December
1986. Lieutenant Hinton, predominantly stationed in Fort Myers and Tallahassee, served honorably as a valuable
member of the Florida Highway Patrol Bureau of Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement and as a member of
the Florida Highway Patrol Contraband Interdiction Unit where he served as a longtime K9 handler, supervisor
and nationally known training instructor. On February 19, 2019, Lieutenant Hinton suffered a fatal heart attack
while participating in a defensive tactic training class. Lieutenant Hinton was 56 years old at the time of his death.
“Lieutenant Hinton served the residents and visitors of the State of Florida with great honor as a Florida Highway
Patrol Trooper” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “This memorial highway
dedication of a portion of Interstate 75 will serve as a solemn reminder of his sacrifice and dedicated service.”
The ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at the Florida Highway Patrol Office located
at 10041 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33913 at 9:30 am.