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Trooper of the Month
March 1996

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Trooper Elliott
Trooper Richard J. Elliott
Troop F - Ft. Myers

Trooper Kantor
Trooper George Kantor
Troop F - Ft. Myers

Trooper Richard J. Elliott and Trooper George Kantor have been selected as co-recipients of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for March, 1996, for their actions on March 17, 1996, in which they administered basic life support to a choking victim.

On March 17, 1996, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Troopers Elliott and Kantor entered the Denny's restaurant in Fort Myers for a work break. Upon entering the restaurant, the troopers heard a woman screaming. Rushing to the booth, they found the screaming woman holding her husband, who was not breathing.

Sensing the urgency of the situation, Troopers Elliott and Kantor removed the subject from the booth, and placed him on the floor where life support efforts began. For several minutes the troopers administered CPR, until a pulse and shallow respirations were restored.

Shortly after a pulse and respirations were restored, emergency medical personnel arrived, and took charge of the victim's care. It was determined that the victim, identified as Mr. Robert Epstein, had stopped breathing due to food being lodged in his throat. Had it not been for the quick actions taken by these troopers, it is likely that Mr. Epstein would not have survived this incident.

Trooper Elliott is a 7-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol. Trooper Kantor is an 11-year veteran. Both troopers are assigned to Troop F, Ft. Myers.

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