Trooper William M. King
Troop K - Ft. Pierce
Trooper William M. King has been selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for April, 1997, based on his lifesaving actions involving a baby who was not breathing.
On April 17, 1997, while working off-duty at the Fort Drum Service Plaza, a subject ran up to Trooper King and advised him of an emergency at the Miami Subs restaurant. Trooper King responded to the scene and found an older gentleman trying to breathe into a baby. King observed that the baby was pale and his eyes had rolled back.
Trooper King then initiated CPR, at which time he was able to diagnose that the baby's tongue was obstructing his airway. He cleared the airway and the baby started to cry and breathe. The baby was subsequently checked by Okeechobee Fire Rescue personnel and released to the parents.
The quick, professional, and calm action on Trooper King's part no doubt saved the baby from serious medical problems, and probably saved his life.
Trooper King is a 6-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop K, Ft. Pierce.