FHP Trooper Honored for Saving Man’s Life

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — State officials are honoring a 12-year Florida Highway Patrol veteran as the 2011 Trooper of the Year, saying his quick actions helped save the life of an accident victim.

While off-duty trooper Cale Stevens was getting a haircut in Venice on July 22, 2010, he heard a traffic crash outside the building. Officials say he ran outside and saw a man slumped unresponsive over the steering wheel of a damaged vehicle.

FHP records show that Stevens couldn’t find the man’s pulse so he asked a bystander to help get the man out of the car. They put him on the pavement, where Stevens began CPR and eventually felt a pulse.

The Trooper of the Year program honors troopers who go above and beyond the call of duty.

Source: Associated Press