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October 2000

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Trooper Merritt
Trooper Michael Merritt
Troop F - Ft. Myers

Trooper Michael L. Merritt has been selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for October 2000, based on his heroic actions at the scene of a traffic crash.

On October 5, 2000, Trooper Merritt responded to a traffic crash on Interstate 75 at the Daniels Road overpass south of Fort Myers in Lee County. When Merritt arrived at the scene, he found that two trucks had collided and that one of the trucks was carrying hazardous materials. There was a large cloud of smoke emitting from the truck. Traffic was completely blocked southbound and the smoke was drifting toward the stranded motorists. Trooper Merritt immediately began to evacuate the motorists to a point of safety. One of the stranded vehicles was a fully loaded school bus. Trooper Merritt was able to remove all of the children from the bus and direct them to a point of safety. During his efforts, Trooper Merritt did breath some of the toxic smoke and was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released. Because of his actions, no one else required medical attention.

Trooper Merritt is a 3-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop F, Ft. Myers.

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