Trooper Susan Josephson
Congratulations to Trooper Susan Josephson for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for March 2006, for assisting two motorists who were seriously injured in a traffic crash.
On March 5, 2006, Trooper Josephson responded to a motorcycle crash on Route 1 near Marathon involving a couple from West Virginia who were traveling to Key West when they were struck by a vehicle changing lanes. Both suffered serious injuries and were transported to Fisherman’s Hospital in Marathon.
Later that day, Trooper Josephson contacted the couple’s son to notify him of his parent’s crash who made arrangements to come to Florida. The female crash victim was released from the hospital, but her husband had to be flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Meanwhile, she had no transportation and nowhere to stay.
Trooper Josephson took it upon herself to help the victim, arranging a place for her to stay, a ride to get there, someone to take care of her, something to eat, and delivery of her prescription medications from Fisherman’s Hospital. Later, the son picked up his father in Miami and drove to Marathon to get his mother. Trooper Josephson, realizing that the father and son also had nowhere to stay, made arrangements for them at a beach house for the next two nights while her friends looked after the female victim who was extremely sick and needed care. Trooper Josephson also coordinated treatment and lodging in the Keys until the family was well enough to return to West Virginia.
The victims’ son described Trooper Josephson as the most caring public employee he has ever seen, stating that Trooper Josephson treated his parents as if they were her own, and that he had never seen anyone with so much compassion and love for complete strangers.
Trooper Josephson went beyond the call of duty to help people who were in desperate need, and is commended for her actions.