Trooper Ricky Neal
Troop K - Pompano Beach
Trooper Ricky Neal has been selected as the recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for January 2000, based on his lifesaving actions at the scene of a traffic crash.
On January 1, 2000, at 2:32 a.m., Trooper Neal was dispatched to a traffic crash at the 60 milepost on Florida’s Turnpike. Trooper Neal arrived on the scene six minutes after receiving the call, and found the driver of the vehicle had been ejected and was lying in a drainage ditch that contained approximately 18 inches of water. Neal observed the victim laying on his back unconscious, with his mouth and nose below the water’s surface.
Trooper Neal quickly waded into the ditch and held the victim’s head above the water, then positioned his head on some weeds so that he could check the vehicle, which was at the water’s edge, for any other occupants. Finding none, Neal returned to the victim and held his head above the water until rescue personnel arrived several minutes later.
Trooper Neal’s rapid response to the scene and quick assistance to the victim prevented him from drowning in the ditch.
Trooper Neal is a sixteen-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop K, Pompano Beach.