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Trooper of the Month
June 2001

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Trooper Alonso
Trooper Robert Alonso
Troop F - Bradenton

Trooper Robert Alonso from Troop F in Bradenton has been selected as the recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for June 2001 because of his rescue of an elderly female passenger from a partially submerged vehicle.

On June 2, 2001 at 1:50 PM, Trooper Alonso was dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 75 at the 79.5 mile marker where he was advised that the vehicle involved was partially submerged in a canal and no occupants had gotten out. Trooper Alonso was the first emergency responder on the scene. The vehicle, a 1996 Volvo, was unstable and partly resting on a canal embankment and nearly submerged in the water when you arrived. The driver of the vehicle was able to safely exit the car, but the elderly female passenger was still trapped in the vehicle, and could not open the doors to escape because the doors were wedged against the embankment. Trooper Alonso scaled a twelve-foot fence, entered the canal, and extracted the lady from the sinking vehicle, getting her to safety just before the shift of weight caused the unstable vehicle to slide down the embankment into the canal. Neither the driver nor the rescued passenger sustained any injuries.

Trooper Robert Alonso acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol and is hereby commended for his lifesaving actions. We congratulate him for being selected as Trooper of the Month for June 2001!

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