Trooper John H. Britt, Jr.
Troop A - Pensacola
Trooper John H. Britt, Jr. has been selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for November, 1998, based on his lifesaving actions at the scene of a house fire in Pensacola.
On Monday, November 23, 1998, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Trooper Britt was northbound on County Road 453 when he observed thick black smoke coming from a house located on Strong Street. Trooper Britt immediately responded to the location and discovered the house at 2908 Strong Street on fire.
Trooper Britt, along with a civilian who had also observed the fire (Mr. Fred Brandenburg), rushed to the house and began banging on the door attempting to ascertain if the house was occupied. A female came to the door and it was discovered that there were eight occupants in the house, including two small children and an elderly female. Trooper Britt and Mr. Brandenburg had to carry the elderly female out of the house. Then, as smoke filled the house, Britt then searched room to room, looking for other occupants and ensuring that everyone had been located and escaped from the burning house. Trooper Britt and others also rescued a young female from the roof of the carport.
A total of six adults and two small children were safely escorted out of the burning residence, which was completely destroyed as a result of the fire. As a member of the Troop A Tactical Response Team, Trooper Britt did not hesitate in entering the burning, smoke-filled house in search of victims, and he did so without regard for his own personal safety.
There is no doubt that Trooper Britt’s quick actions, along with Mr. Brandenburg’s, were responsible for the safe evacuation of all the occupants inside the burning house.
Trooper Britt is a twelve-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop A, Pensacola.