Trooper Michael Sutherland
Troop F - Bradenton
Congratulations to Trooper Michael Sutherland for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for June 2006, for administering CPR and reviving a small child who had lost consciousness as the result of a seizure.
On June 22, 2006, at approximately 8:00 PM, while working an off-duty detail at Dillard’s Department Store in Bradenton, Trooper Sutherland was approached by an unknown female who advised him that a small child had suddenly experienced a seizure, lost consciousness, and had struck his head against the floor in the mall. Upon arriving at the main mall area where the child was located, Trooper Sutherland found an unconscious little boy.
Trooper Sutherland immediately notified the Ft. Myers Regional Communication Center of the situation and requested Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He then assessed the vital signs of the child and found the child was not breathing and had no pulse. Trooper Sutherland then administered CPR on the child. After administering just one breath, the child began to breathe on his own. Trooper Sutherland then rechecked the pulse and was able to detect a faint pulse that appeared to be getting stronger. Trooper Sutherland then monitored the child until EMS arrived and transported the child to Manatee Memorial Hospital.
Trooper Sutherland is to be commended for his quick response in saving the life of a child. His excellent emergency response and police work demonstrate examples of the best tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol. Congratulations to Trooper Sutherland for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for June 2006!