Sergeant Robert Astrella
Troop D - Deland
Sergeant Robert Astrella has been selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for January/1996, for his actions on January 9, 1996, in which he administered basic life support and revived a heart attack victim.
On January 9, 1996, while working an off-duty employment detail on Interstate 95 in Volusia County, Sergeant Astrella witnessed a traffic crash near his location. He immediately responded to the scene, and found that one of the drivers had apparently suffered a heart attack and had no vital signs. Without hesitation, Sergeant Astrella removed the victim from the vehicle and began artificial life support, until relieved by paramedics.
The victim, Mr. Robert J. Gausel, was treated with advanced life support procedures and taken to a nearby hospital. Mr. Gausel later regained vital signs and was stabilized due to the life saving measures provided by Sergeant Astrella.
The quick actions Sergeant Astrella took involving this incident demonstrated his attention to duty, dedication, and commitment to serving the community and the State of Florida.
Sergeant Astrella is a 19-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop D, Deland.