|Published:||Feb 21, 2014 3:03 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 21, 2014 6:56 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- "Last year I logged 700 hours of patrol time."
Auxiliary Trooper Phil Osborne finds a way to balance two different jobs.
"I'm third generation, operate a family owned boat dealership during the day."
But in his freetime you'll find him in a Florida Highway Patrol uniform.
"I work the road for the citizens of the state of Florida," said Osborne.
Osborne is just one of hundreds of Auxiliary Troopers and they're logging a lot of houses. Osborne said last year, Auxiliary Troopers logged 117,000 hours, that's equal to 55 full time positions. But these men and women don't get paid.
"It's volunteer based, it requires a rigorous amount of training, but we are very grateful and thankful for the men and women of the Auxiliary support us," said Lieutenant Greg Bueno.
Tom Snelling wears two uniforms. When he's not patrolling the streets, he's in the air as an American Airlines pilot.
"When I'm flying I'm working several days and then normally I have several days off."
Both Snelling and Osborne said even though they don't get paid for their time, it's their way of giving back.
"It's very rewarding," said Snelling.
"I think everyone has a little bit of a responsibility to give back to the community," said Osborne.
For more information on the FHP Auxiliary Program, check out http://fhpa.info/
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