Trooper Thomas Brazauskas
Troop C - Clearwater
Trooper Thomas A. Brazauskas has been selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for November 2000, based on his actions which prevented an individual from attempting suicide.
On November 16, 2000, while working the Suicide Deterrent Detail for the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Trooper Brazauskas received a call reference a white male sitting on the wall in the southbound lanes at the top of the bridge. Trooper Brazauskas responded to the call and upon arrival found a male approximately 35 years of age sitting on the wall with one leg over the side. Trooper Brazauskas began speaking with the subject and discovered his name was "Anthony Roman". Mr. Roman was distressed over problems with his home life and indicated that he wanted to end it all. After approximately a 90-minute discussion about his family, Brazauskas was able to persuade Mr. Roman that he would not be arrested, but instead, be placed under the "Baker Act" and receive treatment to help him cope with his family situation.
Mr. Roman was then placed under the "Baker Act" and transported to St. Anthony's Hospital. His vehicle was safely secured through the cooperation of AAA Motor Club.
Assisting Trooper Brazauskas with this call was Trooper William Jarvis and Trooper Eileen Wells.
Trooper Brazauskas is a 29-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop C, Clearwater.