Trooper John T. Vaught
Troop D - Clermont
Trooper John T. Vaught has been selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for May, 1996, for his actions on May 30, 1996, in which he provided service to a stranded citizen trying to return to Dallas, Texas.
On May 30, 1996, Trooper Vaught stopped to assist a stranded citizen, walking near the Lake County Welcome station. The individual had exited his parents’ motor home while the vehicle was being fueled. Unfortunately, the individual's parents were not aware he had exited the vehicle, and after they finished fueling, they left the individual behind. This left the individual stranded with no money, clothes or means of returning to Dallas, Texas.
After picking the individual up, Trooper Vaught notified all of the FHP stations along the route the parents would be taking. Additionally, Trooper Vaught caused a statewide broadcast to be made in the event the individual was reported as a missing person. Because the individual had no money, Trooper Vaught secured a loan and allowed the individual to stay the night with him.
The next day, Trooper Vaught assisted the subject with travel arrangements via Greyhound bus back to Dallas, Texas. With no further word from the individual's family, he departed for Dallas Texas. Later, the individual notified Trooper Vaught that he had been reunited with his family in Dallas, Texas.
The help Trooper Vaught provided to this individual was above and beyond the call of duty.
Trooper Vaught is an 8 1/2-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop D, Clermont.