Trooper Gary Bach
Troop L - Ft. Pierce
Congratulations to Trooper Gary Bach for being selected as the recipient of the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for August 2005, for his life-saving actions in rendering aid to a child involved in a traffic crash.
On August 8, 2005, Trooper Bach arrived at the scene of a traffic crash on I-95 near the 108 mile post. Upon arrival, Trooper Bach observed several severely damaged vehicles and injured motorists, including a middle aged man holding a small child in his arms. Seeing that the man was frantic and wildly swinging the small child about, Trooper Bach approached the man, discovering that the small child he was holding was having difficulty breathing and was gasping for air. Trooper Bach calmly took control of the situation, evaluated the medical condition of the child, and called for the Martin County Fire Rescue. Trooper Bach noticed that the child had a severe bruise on the neck in the area of the trachea. He placed the child on the ground and opened the child's airway, keeping it open until the medical team arrived. The child was airlifted to Saint Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach and treated for a crushed trachea. The child is expected to make a full recovery.
Trooper Bach acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol, and is hereby commended for his actions.