Trooper William Nowling
Troop C - Lakeland
Corporal William E. Nowling has been selected as the recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for March 2000, based on his lifesaving effort performed on an individual who had gone into diabetic shock.
On the afternoon of Wednesday, March 15, 2000, Lieutenant Bruce W. Doras and Corporal Nowling were directing traffic on U.S. 27 at the entrance to the Kansas City Royals Spring Training Stadium in Baseball City, Polk County, Florida. At approximately 3:45 p.m., an elderly lady advised that there was a man (later identified as Richard Soucie) in a vehicle that had gone into diabetic shock. The Florida Highway Patrol Communications Center was immediately notified to send an ambulance.
Corporal Nowling tended to Mr. Soucie while Lieutenant Doras backed his vehicle off the road onto the grass. Corporal Nowling sprinted through traffic to a nearby Hardees Restaurant where he obtained a cup of orange juice and then made an attempt to have Mr. Soucie drink some of it. At this time, Corporal Nowling found Mr. Soucie’s heart had stopped. Corporal Nowling then ran to his patrol car to obtain his breathing mask and called out to Lieutenant Doras (who was trying to clear traffic from the congested intersection) for assistance.
Corporal Nowling and Lieutenant Doras removed Mr. Soucie from the vehicle and placed him on the grass, at which time Corporal Nowling immediately began CPR. There was a nurse who volunteered to assist Corporal Nowling with two-person CPR which they tediously performed in the hot sun for fifteen minutes, until EMS arrived and took over. Lieutenant Doras remained in the four lane divided highway intersection directing emergency vehicles in and out.
Corporal Nowling assisted EMS personnel with getting Mr. Soucie into the ambulance. Although resuscitation efforts were successful at the scene, unfortunately Mr. Soucie passed away at Heart of Florida Hospital later that afternoon.
Corporal Nowling is a twenty-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop C, Lakeland.