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Gold Shield scholarship given to fallen trooper’s son

The 5-year-old son of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper who died in a car crash is getting a full college scholarship from the Tampa-based Gold Shield Foundation.

Foundation officials on Thursday gave Clayton Valdes and his father, Ricardo Valdes, of Ocala, the details of the scholarship.

Clayton’s mother, Trooper Chelsea Richard, died May 3 while investigating a crash on Interstate 75 near Ocala.

Ricardo Valdes is Richard’s former husband, the Ocala Star-Banner reported.

The Gold Shield Foundation was founded in Tampa by the late George Steinbrenner to help children and spouses of state law enforcement officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty.

Since 1989, the foundation has assisted 38 families in a seven-county region, including 17 children and three spouses who graduated from college. The scholarship pays room, board, books and tuition.

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