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Trooper of the Month
January 2002

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Trooper Jose Hernandez

Congratulations to Trooper Jose Hernandez for being selected as the recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for January 2002, based on his quick actions and intervention involving the treatment of victims of a severe traffic crash.

On Monday, January 21, 2002, Trooper Hernandez was dispatched to a head on traffic crash on State Road 997. After arriving on the scene, he immediately called Miami Dade Fire Rescue for assistance while he began treating the victims. When the overturned vehicle suddenly ignited in flames with the driver trapped inside, Trooper Hernandez quickly used his fire extinguisher to attempt to get the fire under control. However, the fire burned out of control and the vehicle became fully engulfed in the flames. Without regard for his own safety, he crawled under the burning vehicle and pulled the driver to safety. It is unfortunate that the victim had already suffered fatal injuries from the crash and did not survive. However, due to Trooper Hernandez’ heroism, the occupant was saved from burning in the vehicle, and the other crash victims received prompt assistance.

Trooper Jose Hernandez acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol and is hereby commended for his brave actions. Congratulations on being selected as Trooper of the Month for January 2002!

 
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