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Trooper of the Month
June 1998

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Trooper David F. Rodriguez

Trooper David F. Rodriguez has been selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for June, 1998, based on his outstanding lifesaving actions during the month of June.

On June 6, 1998, at approximately 7:00 p.m., Trooper Rodriguez responded to a traffic crash on Alligator Alley at the 62 mile marker. When he arrived on the scene, he was told by witnesses that a car had gone into the canal on the north shoulder. Rodriguez immediately jumped into the alligator infested waters and began searching for the car.

He found the car upside down in about twenty feet of water but was unable to locate any occupants. He was also unable to open a door or a window of the vehicle. Trooper Rodriguez continued to dive into the grassy, muddy water in an effort to find the occupants, but was unsuccessful. A dive team arrived on the scene, but they were also unable to free the occupants from the vehicle. When a wrecker arrived on the scene, the vehicle was pulled from the canal, and four occupants were found dead in the car.

Also, on June 30, 1998, Trooper Rodriguez responded to a one-car crash on Alligator Alley at the 70 mile marker. When he arrived, he found the driver unconscious and not breathing. Rodriguez immediately began CPR and was able to revive the subject, keeping him stable until EMS arrived on the scene. The victim was then transported to a local hospital, but unfortunately died later as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash.

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