Trooper William B. Tiller
Troop A - Panama City
Congratulations to Trooper William B. Tiller for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for December 2007. Trooper Tiller's quick thinking and appropriate actions likely prevented the untimely death of young child having difficulty breathing.
On Christmas Eve, Trooper Tiller was patrolling State Road 8 (I-10). As he entered the eastbound rest area he met a vehicle which was traveling the wrong direction within the parking lot. Upon stopping the vehicle Trooper Tiller was notified of a family on the west side of the rest area with a small child in distress. He immediately responded and observed a two year old child convulsing and having difficulty breathing. Trooper Tiller quickly notified Tallahassee Regional Communications Center by radio to have Emergency Medical Services en-route and began first aid on the child. When he noticed the child's breathing was declining he administered rescue-breathing techniques on the child until emergency medical crews arrived.
The child was flown by Gulf Flight helicopter to sacred Heart Hospital where it was determined he was suffering from a negative reaction to medication, and his respiratory system was shutting down. The child has fully recovered.
Trooper Tiller's actions made a difference regarding the final outcome of this child's life. He is hereby commended for his brave and prudent actions, and congratulated for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for December 2007