Trooper Eduardo Santos – Troop E (Miami)
Congratulations to Trooper Eduardo Santos for being selected as the recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for July 2003, based on his quick response and life-saving assistance involving the removal of an armed pedestrian on a state roadway.
On July 27th, Trooper Santos observed a white male, armed with a large padlock and knife, walking with his bike and dog on the southbound emergency lane of State Road 26. When he approached the subject to tell him to get off the expressway, the subject refused and continued walking into the southbound lanes of traffic. To prevent a vehicle from hitting the subject, Trooper Santos stopped traffic in the area. When the subject continued to ignore his requests to get off the roadway, he called for assistance.
When two local police officers arrived, the subject threw the padlock at them, and then picked up a rock and threw it at Santos. The subject then pointed his knife at the police officers in an aggressive manner. To protect the officers and to prevent the subject from injuring himself, Trooper Santos tackled him to the ground. The subject continued to resist by kicking and fighting until the knife was taken and he was handcuffed with the assistance of the other two officers. Even after sustaining an injury to his leg, Santos was able to apprehend the subject. His courage and ability to make good decisions in a dangerous situation not only saved the life of the subject, but prevented injury to two fellow law enforcement officers.
Trooper Santos acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol, and is hereby commended for his actions. He is greatly appreciated!