Trooper Michael Dearing
Troop G - Jacksonville
Trooper Michael W. Dearing has been selected as recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for September 2000, based on a lifesaving act that he performed on an infant.
On August 26, 2000, while off-duty, Trooper Dearing was on a fishing trip with his family at Steinhatchee, Florida. At approximately 9:30 a.m., Trooper Dearing was walking to the dock to board a fishing boat. A hysteric woman nearby began hollering and asking if anyone knew CPR. Dearing immediately indicated that he did and she approached him, putting her baby in his arms.
The child was not breathing and was turning blue due to lack of oxygen. Trooper Dearing quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver by thrusting two fingers to the abdomen area in order to dislodge anything that was blocking the airway. His efforts were successful and the child began breathing again. Trooper Dearing returned the child to a grateful mother who thanked him for his efforts.
Trooper Dearing's decisiveness and quick response undoubtedly were instrumental in saving the life of this small child.
Trooper Dearing is a 21-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop G, Jacksonville.