Lt. Derrick T. Charleston
Troop E - Miami
Congratulations to Lt. Derrick Charleston for being selected as the recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for December 2003, based on his quick performance of CPR, which saved the life of a Miami man.
On December 18, while working off-duty at a department store, Lt. Charleston heard a woman frantically yelling, "Call 911, he's having a heart attack!" He ran toward the woman, finding a man lying face down on the floor. After discovering the subject was not breathing and had no pulse, Lt. Charleston immediately began CPR. With the assistance of the woman (the subject's daughter), he performed four cycles of CPR before the subject regained consciousness. The City of Lauderhill Fire Rescue arrived and transported the man to the hospital. Because of Lt. Derrick Charleston's quick and effective actions, the subject was resuscitated and survived. Lt. Charleston acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol, and is hereby commended for his heroic actions!