Trooper Andrew Litzell
Troop G - Jacksonville
Congratulations to Trooper Andrew Litzell for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for October 2007. His quick thinking and appropriate actions likely prevented the untimely death of the motorist involved in the traffic crash.
On October 25, 2007, at approximately 6:37 P.M., Trooper Litzell was dispatched to a crash on S.R. 19 near National Forest Road #75 in southern Putnam County. As he approached the scene, he observed several vehicles from both directions braking and pulling off of the roadway. As he arrived, he noticed a vehicle off the roadway, on its left side in two to three feet of water in the drainage ditch. The driver was partially ejected through the driver's window and pinned under the vehicle. Additionally, there appeared to be smoke or steam coming from the vehicle. The driver was bleeding and was attempting to hold his head above the water to breath. Without hesitation and regard for his own personal safety, Trooper Litzell ran into the water filled ditch and pushed on the overturned vehicle in an attempt to free the trapped driver. A passing motorist saw Trooper Litzell and came over to assist him. Together, Trooper Litzell and the passing motorist were able to move the overturned vehicle enough to free the driver and pull him to safety. Once safe, they immobilized the injured motorist's spine to provide critical spinal protection until paramedics arrived.
Trooper Litzell's quick thinking and appropriate actions likely prevented the untimely death of the motorist involved in the traffic crash. Trooper Andrew Litzell is hereby commended for his brave and prudent actions, and congratulated for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for October 2007.