Trooper Kevin Kane
Troop K - Pompano Beach
Trooper Kevin A. Kane has been selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for April/1996, for his actions on April 26, 1996, in which he prevented a young female from attempting to take her own life by jumping from a pedestrian overpass.
On April 26, 1996, Trooper Kane responded to a report that a juvenile female was standing outside of the fenced pedestrian overpass located on Florida’s Turnpike north of Sunrise Boulevard. Upon arrival, he found the female, cut and bleeding, standing on the edge of the overpass approximately 30 feet above the roadway. A citizen, Mr. John Vandereems, who stopped to assist the juvenile, had climbed to the overpass and was holding the juveniles legs to prevent her from jumping.
Immediately, Trooper Kane climbed the fence and up to the overpass to assist the juvenile. As he approached her, she began to fall; however, the trooper was able to grab her to prevent the fall. For the next several minutes, you, along with Mr. Vandereems and a Lauderhill police officer struggled with the juvenile until she was restrained and removed from the overpass by firefighters.
Trooper Kane’s quick and unselfish actions prevented the juvenile and Mr. Vandereems from falling from the overpass to the pavement and sustaining serious or possibly even fatal injuries.
Trooper Kane is a 3 1/2-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop K, Pompano Beach. He is one of a family of four employed with the Florida Highway Patrol. His twin brothers are assigned to Troop K, Ft. Pierce. Their father, Lieutenant John J. Kane, is a 33-year veteran of the Patrol assigned to Troop L, Ft. Pierce.