Trooper Andrew R. Smith
Troop E - Miami
Trooper Andrew R. Smith has been selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for November, 1997, based on his lifesaving efforts at the scene of a traffic crash.
On November 12, 1997, Trooper Smith was on vacation with his family, traveling south along Florida's Turnpike near Ft. Pierce. A driver traveling in front of Trooper Smith apparently fell asleep and drove into the median. The vehicle then traveled acro ss the southbound lanes and into a canal, where it began to sink.
Trooper Smith quickly parked his vehicle and dove into the water. As he swam toward the car, he did not see the driver, but once he reached the vehicle, he saw the driver doubled over under the dash. Smith then managed to extricate the victim from the vehicle and pull him to shore. Once Smith knew the victim was stable, he swam back to the vehicle to check for additional occupants, but found none.
As a result of Trooper Smith's heroic actions, the victim recovered without any serious injuries.
Trooper Smith is a 10-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop E, Miami.