Trooper Rodger Carpenter
Congratulations to Trooper Rodger Carpenter for being selected as the recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month Award for November 2004 for his life-saving actions in pulling a motorist from a submerged vehicle.
On November 6, 2004, while off duty at his home residence, Trooper Carpenter observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. He then witnessed the vehicle leave the roadway and travel across a neighbor's yard, continue through a fence and a screen enclosure, and into a swimming pool.
Quickly, Trooper Carpenter ran to the scene and jumped into the pool to rescue the driver, an elderly lady who was slumped over the steering wheel unconscious. After he pulled the lady from the submerged vehicle to safety, she soon regained consciousness.
Trooper Carpenter's quick actions saved the woman's life! He acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol, and is commended for his actions.