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Trooper of the Month
August 1996

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Sgt. Wysocky
Sergeant Mark Wysocky
Troop L - Davie

Trooper Drake
Trooper Lisa Drake
Troop L - Davie

Sergeant Mark G. Wysocky and Trooper Lisa S. Drake have been selected as co-recipients of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for their actions on August 11, 1996, in which they risked their lives to save a motorist trapped in a vehicle submerged in water.

On August 11, 1996, Sergeant Wysocky and Trooper Drake observed a vehicle traveling south on Weston Road at a high rate of speed. Trooper Drake activated her emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the violator.

The violator’s vehicle slowed slightly, and suddenly left the roadway and onto the shoulder, while still traveling at a high rate of speed. After leaving the roadway, the driver lost control of the vehicle and traveled into a lake.

With little time to spare, Trooper Drake and Sergeant Wysocky entered the lake in an attempt to rescue the driver before the vehicle became submerged. During the rescue attempt, Trooper Drake’s foot became entrapped in the door of the vehicle as it sank. As the vehicle sank, it overturned and drug Trooper Drake down and under the vehicle as it rolled.

The driver’s window had been broken before the vehicle submerged, thus allowing the driver an avenue to escape before the vehicle overturned. Trooper Drake was freed from the vehicle when the driver’s door cut off the end of her shoe, just before coming to rest on its top in over 35 feet of water.

The violator was arrested for DUI, and a breath test later revealed a blood alcohol level of .30%.

Sergeant Wysocky is a 15-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol. Trooper Drake is a 9-year veteran. Both are assigned to Troop L, Davie.

 
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