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Trooper of the Month
August 2000

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Trooper Kozma
Trooper Mark Kozma
Troop L - West Palm Beach

Trooper Burrs
Trooper Ernest Burrs
Troop L - West Palm Beach

Troopers Mark Kozma and Ernest Burrs have been selected as co-recipients of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for August 2000, based on their actions at the scene of a traffic crash.

On August 29, 2000, Trooper Kozma was dispatched to a possible drunk driver call. The caller then advised the vehicle he was following had been involved in a single vehicle crash, striking a sign post on Interstate 95 north of the Military Trail exit ramp. Trooper Kozma responded to the scene within minutes and observed an unconscious driver. The vehicle started to catch on fire with smoke coming from the engine compartment. Kozma immediately had Fire Rescue notified and attempted to remove the driver from the vehicle. Trooper Burrs then arrived at the scene and began to use his fire extinguisher to keep the vehicle fire from spreading to the occupant compartment. Trooper Kozma was unable to remove the driver due to the vehicle damage; however, the fire was contained until Fire Rescue arrived and extinguished it. The driver was then removed, unharmed by the fire. However, he eventually died from the injuries sustained in the crash.

During this incident, Trooper Burrs inhaled some of the chemicals from his fire extinguisher, requiring him to seek treatment from Fire Rescue at the scene.

Trooper Kozma, a 16-year veteran, and Trooper Burrs, a 10-year veteran, are both assigned to Troop L, West Palm Beach.

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