Corporal Donnie Pitts
Troop H - Tallahassee
Congratulations to Corporal Donnie Pitts for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for April 2008, for his actions at the scene of a traffic crash with serious injuries and fatalities.
On April 5, 2008, while Corporal Pitts was assisting another trooper with a traffic crash on State Road 8 in Madison County, he heard another crash about a mile east of his location. He immediately notified dispatch and responded to the scene to render aid. He came upon a single car crash with five occupants. The driver and front seat passenger received minor injuries and were able to get out of the vehicle on their own. However, the three child passengers needed his help. Corporal Pitts removed the first child who received minor injuries, and attempted to a help the other two children who were unconscious with serious injuries. One of the children had no pulse.
After calling for back up, Corporal Pitts removed the children from the vehicle and began CPR on the child with no heartbeat, continuing his efforts for 40 minutes until EMS arrived. Unfortunately, the two children succumbed to their serious injuries despite all efforts to save them.
Corporal Pitts showed enormous determination trying to save the lives of these two children. His dedication to his job duties speaks volumes about his commitment to public service. He demonstrated a command presence at the scene of a terrible crash, and offered the occupants the best chance of survival under very trying circumstances. He is hereby commended for his excellent police work and for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for April 2008.