Trooper Charles Porter
Troop D - Sanford
Trooper Charles Porter has been selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for December 2000, based on his actions at the scene of a fatal traffic crash.
On December 20, 2000, Trooper Porter witnessed a fatal traffic crash on State Road 46 at Longwood-Markham Road in Seminole County in which a 39-year-old woman was killed after the car she was driving crashed into a tree. Her two unrestrained sons, ages 9 and 11, were in the car with her and were critically injured during the violent crash. Both children were screaming for their mother and obviously were going into shock as a result of the trauma.
Trooper Porter forcibly entered the rear door of the car to gain access to the injured children and began administering first aid. Porter also covered them with blankets to protect them from the sub-freezing temperatures and to prevent further shock. He remained inside the wreckage to keep the children calm and reassured while waiting on rescue personnel to arrive on the scene.
Trooper Porter is commended for his quick and professional response during this tragic event. He is a 6-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop D, Sanford.