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Trooper of the Month
June 2002

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Corporal Ashburn
Corporal Robert S. Ashburn
Troop H - Madison

Trooper Leohner
Trooper Jon Leohner
Troop H - Madison

Congratulations to Corporal Robert S. Ashburn & Trooper Jon T. Leohner for being selected as co-recipients of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month award for June 2002, based on their assistance in saving the life of a crash victim trapped in a burning vehicle.

On Saturday, June 22, 2002, while working off duty at the Madison County rest area, Corporal Ashburn and Trooper Leohner responded to a call regarding a serious traffic crash on Interstate 10 at the 266-mile post. Upon arrival, they observed that an occupant was partially ejected through the driver’s door, while others lay on the ground nearby receiving first aid from civilians who had stopped to help. They also observed flames emitting from the engine compartment. While Trooper Leohner ran for his fire extinguisher, Corporal Ashburn began helping the two civilians who were attempting to free the partially ejected occupant from the vehicle.

As the vehicle continued to burn despite Trooper Leohner’s efforts to extinguish the flames, Corporal Ashburn entered the car. Risking injury from continued exposure to the fire extinguisher chemicals, he proceeded to free the trapped occupant’s leg, which enabled the victim to be removed from the overturned vehicle and delivered to safety. In rescuing the trapped occupant and ensuring the safety of others, Corporal Ashburn and Trooper Leohner acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol, and are hereby commended for their heroic actions. Congratulations on being selected as Troopers of the Month for June 2002!

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