Brian J. Pingry Death – Obituary – Brian J. Pingry, 60, has been identified as the trooper in the Fort Myers station who died from complications of COVID-19 on Saturday 18th of September 2021.
Brian is a trained field officer who has trained and mentored new troopers. He joined as a member of the 129th Florida Highway Patrol basic recruit class.
Pingry was the third FHP trooper and the 40th Florida law enforcement member to die from COVID-19.
Four other members of local law enforcement, three from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and one from the Fort Myers Police Department, have died from COVID-19 complications since July.
Terry L. Rhodes, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director, and Lieutenant Colonel Troy Thompson, Florida Highway Patrol Acting Director said in a combined statement about Brian J. Pingry demise;
“Trooper Pingry was a highly regarded member of the Florida Highway Patrol for more than seven years and will be truly missed by the entire Florida Highway Patrol and FLHSMV family. We send our deepest condolences to the Pingry family – please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
Lt. Greg Bueno said; “To go through the rigors of the academy for six months and all the requirements/necessities to be a state trooper is challenging but to do it in essence as his second, later in life career is so extremely commendable,” Bueno said. “Our state, Lee County and local community lost a great civil servant and person who prided himself on quietly doing his job every day.”