Trooper Gregory E. Edison
Troop G - Jacksonville
Trooper Gregory E. Edison has been selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for October, 1997, based on his lifesaving efforts at the scene of a traffic crash.
On Saturday, October 25, 1997, at 9:30 a.m., Trooper Edison responded to a serious traffic crash involving a tractor trailer on State Road 8 (I-10) approximately 2 miles west of State Road 9A (I-295) in Jacksonville. Upon his arrival, Trooper Edison found the driver of a tractor trailer entrapped within the wreckage, bleeding profusely from the mouth and nose, and choking. After scaling the severely damaged truck cab, Edison stabilized the injured driver by clearing his airway and holding his head in place to ensure that he did not continue to choke on his own blood. The driver was later transported to University Medical Center by Life Flight Helicopter where he was admitted for further medical attention.
Trooper Edison is to be commended for his quick action and the initial first responder techniques he employed prior to the arrival of EMS personnel. He was even injured as a result of his efforts, cutting his hand on the jagged metal and glass of the wr eckage.
Even though the individual later expired of other causes and complications, Trooper Edison's preliminary actions at personal risk to himself could have very well saved the life of the injured driver.
Trooper Edison is a 4-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop G, Jacksonville.