Retired Cranston police officer jumps into action to help Florida state trooper

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A retired local police officer didn’t think twice before jumping into action to help a Florida state trooper who was in trouble.

“I saw a trooper on the ground, in a confrontation with the person, trying to handcuff him,” said veteran and former Cranston police officer Jeffrey Duclos.

He quickly reacted to the sight by pulling over onto the side of I-75 near Naples and helping the Florida trooper.

“There’s a possibility he’s not going home to his family at night,” said Duclos, recalling the event.

What was an intense situation calmed down when Duclos stepped in.

“I think the kid saw me coming, so he basically surrendered,” Duclos said.

The Florida trooper had been wrestling two people from a vehicle he had initially pulled over for speeding. Police said the car they were in was traveling more than 100 mph.

Police said the two men, Richard Lazo Torres and Isaac Ruiz Wilson – then switched places to hide the fact that Torres was driving on a suspended license. They were arrested for switching drivers and resisting arrest.

Cranston police took to Facebook to thank Duclos. They said, “Officer Duclos was known throughout the City of Cranston as a dedicated public servant who positively influenced many of our students as the D.A.R.E. officer in our school. Well done Officer Duclos!!”

Duclos served in law enforcement for more than 30 years and continues to work as a New Shoreham police officer in the summer.