Trooper Andrew Maurer
Troop D - Orlando
Trooper Andrew J. Maurer has been selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for May 2001, based on his assistance in rescuing twelve young children from a burning day care center.
On May 8, 2001, at approximately 3:19 p.m., Trooper Maurer was responding to the scene of a traffic crash when he spotted thick black smoke coming from a nearby building. He discovered the building to be a day care center located at Oak Ridge Road and Chipola Circle near Orlando.
Upon observing several small children and a day care worker running from the building, Trooper Maurer recognized the fire department had not yet arrived. Maurer immediately notified the fire department and then stopped and ran into the burning building and helped rescue the remaining 12 children from the fire. None of the children were injured thanks to the decisive action of Trooper Maurer.
Maurer acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol and is commended for his lifesaving actions.
Trooper Maurer is a 3-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop D, Orlando.