Group gives scholarship to fallen trooper's son

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Chelsea Richard

OCALA, Fla. - The 5-year-old son of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper who died in a car crash is getting a fully-funded college scholarship thanks to a foundation formed by the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

Officials with the Gold Shield Foundation Inc. on Thursday gave Clayton Valdes and his father Ricardo Valdes the details of the scholarship. His mother Chelsea Richard died May 3 while investigating a crash on Interstate 75 near Ocala.

Steinbrenner created the foundation to help children and spouses of state law enforcement officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that since 1989, they've assisted 38 families in the 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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