Trooper Steve Julien
Troop K - West Palm Beach
Trooper Steve Julien from Troop K in West Palm Beach has been selected as the recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for July 2001 because of his heroic efforts that saved the life of a passenger in a submerged vehicle.
On July 15, 2001, at 4:05 AM, Trooper Julien was traveling northbound on State Road 91 at approximately the 60 mile marker when he made contact with a driver who had just been involved in a traffic crash. The other driver's vehicle, a full-sized Nissan Altima, had collided with a tree, left the roadway and plunged into a canal. The disoriented driver was pinned behind the steering wheel and the driver's door of the partially submerged vehicle was jammed shut.
Trooper Julien entered the canal and attached a tow chain to the sinking vehicle and to his patrol car. Then he backed up his patrol car to put tension on the chain to keep the other vehicle from sinking further into the canal. The canal depth was approximately 8 to 10 feet at that location. Fire Rescue soon arrived, and the vehicle was cut open in order to remove the driver. The driver suffered serious injuries and was transported to Broward General Hospital for treatment. It was evident that Trooper Julien's decisiveness and quick actions were instrumental in saving the driver's life.
Trooper Julien acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol and is hereby commended for his lifesaving actions. We congratulate Trooper Julien on being selected as Trooper of the Month for July 2001!