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Trooper Tiller
Trooper William Tiller
(Troop A)

While on Christmas Eve patrol on I-10 in the Florida Panhandle, Trooper William Tiller was called upon to help save a child’s life. When he entered an eastbound Rest Area, he met with a vehicle traveling the wrong direction. Upon stopping the driver of the vehicle in the parking lot, he learned that the family was having a medical emergency. A small child was in distress.

Trooper Tiller saw a little boy having convulsions and difficulty breathing. He immediately notified a duty officer at the Tallahassee Regional Communications Center to send Emergency Medical Services right away. He began first aid when he noticed the child's breathing getting worse. He administered rescue breathing, which helped the child breathe better until EMS arrived. Corporal Fisher and FHPA Captain Clark arrived on the scene to set up a landing area for the Gulf Flight helicopter. The child was flown to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola where he recovered.

Trooper Tiller receiving award from President Wise
Dennis Wise, President of the American Federation
of Police & Concerned Citizens, presents a
Lifesaving Award to Trooper William Tiller
at the FHP headquarters in Crestview on Jan. 3.

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