Trooper James G. Brooker
Troop G - Jacksonville
Trooper James G. Brooker has been selected as the recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for November 1999, based on a heroic, lifesaving act he was involved in during the month.
On November 01, 1999, at 3:55 AM, Trooper Brooker was in the process of issuing a traffic citation to a violator on Interstate 95 at Bowden Road when he observed a vehicle drift into the emergency lane behind him. As the vehicle came closer he realized that he and the violator, who was out the vehicle standing by him on the shoulder, were in danger if the vehicle continued on it’s current path. Once he realized that the vehicle was not going to stop or change course, he grabbed the violator and pushed her over the guardrail in order to protect her first. As Trooper Brooker was attempting to get out of the way himself, the vehicle crashed into his patrol car, causing it to strike him and the violator’s vehicle. Trooper Brooker was injured and had to be transported to the hospital, where he was treated and released for a minor leg injury.
There is no question that Trooper Brooker’s actions resulted in saving the life of the violator at a great personal risk to himself. He unselfishly took her safety into consideration first and heroically and quickly acted to protect her.
Trooper Brooker is a 17-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop G, Jacksonville.