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Trooper of the Month
May 2005

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Trooper Carlos Austin
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Trooper Lopez-Torres
Trooper Jorge Lopez-Torres
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Congratulations to Troopers Carlos R. Austin and Jorge L. Lopez-Torres for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Troopers of the Month for May 2005, for their heroic actions during a recent life-saving incident.

On May 10, 2005, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Trooper Austin and Trooper Lopez-Torres responded to a head-on crash that occurred on the Sawgrass Expressway involving a pick-up truck and a dump truck, which occurred approximately .1 mile south of State Road 870 in Broward County. Both vehicles ended up at final rest submerged in a canal located adjacent to the roadway. With the assistance of several passersby, Trooper Austin and Trooper Lopez-Torres entered the water to free the dump truck driver from the vehicle and rescued him. CPR was successfully administered to the victim prior to the arrival of emergency services personnel. The driver was subsequently transported to an area hospital in critical condition. Both troopers acted in the highest tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol, and are hereby commended for their actions.

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