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August 2001

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Trooper Ketterle
Trooper Thomas Ketterle
Troop L - Lantana

Trooper Thomas Ketterle, Troop L - Lantana, has been selected as the recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for August 2001, based on his heroic efforts that saved the lives of two passengers trapped in a burning vehicle.

On Tuesday, July 3, 2001, Trooper Ketterle was informed of a traffic crash on southbound SR9, south of Woolbright Road, while he was working an off duty employment detail. He responded to the call, and upon his arrival, found a vehicle on fire in the roadway. One passenger lay injured and not moving partially under the burning vehicle while the other passenger was trapped inside.

Trooper Ketterle took action, directing the assistance of bystanders to assist him in safely removing the injured passengers from the burning vehicle and moving them to a safe location to await rescue personnel. His swift and decisive actions were crucial to the injured persons' survival. Trooper Ketterle acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol and is hereby commended for his lifesaving actions!

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