Corporal William M. Barge, Jr.
Troop G - Ocala
Corporal William M. Barge, Jr. has been selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for August, 1998, for saving the life of a man vacationing in the Ocala area.
On August 10, 1998, Corporal Barge was stopped on County Road 484, issuing a warning ticket to a violator, when Mr. Gary Schemenauer of Racine, Wisconsin, approached him and advised him that he was having an allergic reaction to ant bites. Because Corporal Barge had been previously certified as an emergency medical technician, he quickly assessed Mr. Schemenauer's condition, and immediately recognized that he was having a severe reaction to the ant bites, and that his condition was becoming life-threatening. Upon learning that no immediate emergency services were close by or available, Barge quickly transported Mr. Schemenauer to the nearest medical facility available.
Soon after reaching the hospital, Mr. Schemenauer's pulse rate dropped to life-threatening levels. Emergency room doctors were able to revive and stabilize him to the point of recovery. Dr. Brooks, the emergency room attending physician, stated that Corporal Barge had literally saved Mr. Schemenauer's life by immediately transporting him to the hospital emergency room. Dr. Brooks further indicated that even if Barge would have transported Mr. Schemenauer to a local fire station or waited for paramedics to arrive, they would not have been able to successfully treat him and that he would have died.
Corporal Barge's dedication to his assigned patrol duties and his personal motivation in this and other incidents have greatly contributed to the professionalism and image of the Florida Highway Patrol.
Corporal Barge is a twenty-one year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop G, Ocala.