Trooper Milton L. Brown
Troop A - Bonifay
Trooper Milton L. Brown has been selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for December, 1997, based on his lifesaving efforts at the scene of a traffic crash.
On December 1, 1997, Trooper Brown was on patrol in southern Washington County. While patrolling State Road 77, he observed what he thought to be a vehicle fire. Upon his arrival on the scene, Trooper Brown determined that it was a motor vehicle crash involving a 1996 BMW vehicle and a tractor-trailer. While exiting his patrol car, Brown observed that the vehicle was on fire.
Mrs. Donna Meredith, a witness to the crash, advised Brown that a person was in the burning vehicle. Trooper Brown immediately attempted to open the passenger door, but damage to the door allowed him to open it just a few inches.
Trooper Brown then rushed to his patrol car to obtain a fire extinguisher, and upon arrival back at the burning vehicle, he was able to knock down the flames coming from the dash. Brown was then able to pull the door open, and with great effort and no thought of his own well-being, he freed the occupant, Ms. Karen Gilley, from the burning vehicle.
Mrs. Meredith stated that although Ms. Gilley's vehicle was engulfed in flames, Trooper Brown did not hesitate to risk his own life to save her. Because Ms. Gilley was semi-conscious, she was unable to assist Brown during the extrication. Trooper Brown's quick reaction and little thought to his own safety was credited with saving Ms. Gilley from serious injury or death from the fire inside her vehicle. She suffered only minor burns from the fire, however, she did receive chest injuries and abrasions from the crash.
Trooper Brown is a 13-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop A, Bonifay.