Trooper Danyen Komorek
Troop G - Jacksonville
Congratulations to Trooper Danyen Komorek for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for April 2009, for her actions during one single incident in a month.
On April 15, 2009, Trooper Danyen Komorek was advised by the Florida Highway Patrol Communications Center of a passenger van that was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Nassau County. The vehicle had been on the wrong side of the road for approximately 5 miles. As Trooper Komorek drove northbound onto the Interstate she observed smoke coming from a wooded area on the east shoulder of the roadway. As she approached the area she observed a passenger van on fire. The van had apparently traveled off the roadway, down an embankment, through a ditch and had struck a large tree. Without hesitation Trooper Komorek exited her patrol car and ran towards the burning vehicle, which was resting in a ditch filled with water approximately three feet deep. As she entered the water she observed a disoriented male driver behind the wheel with facial injuries. Trooper Komorek opened the driver’s door and tried to communicate with the driver, whom was unresponsive and unaware of his present situation. As the fire quickly progressed to the engine compartment and windshield area of the vehicle, Trooper Komorek quickly grabbed the driver and pulled him to safety.
Trooper Komorek, with the assistance of FDOT Motor Carrier Compliance Officer Donald Horne placed the driver on the grass shoulder and provided medical treatment until Nassau County Fire and Rescue arrived. The Nassau County Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire and treated the driver for his injuries. The driver was then transported to Shands Hospital in Jacksonville for further treatment. Trooper Komorek’s Investigation later revealed that the driver had suffered from a severe diabetic reaction, which was the reason he was disoriented and had no memory of what had taken place. Had it not been for Trooper Komorek being in the right place at the right time, for her heroic, quick and unselfish actions responding to this life-threatening situation, the driver may not have survived.
Trooper Komorek is to be commended for her actions and her commitment to the safety of the people of Florida. Congratulations for being selected Trooper of the Month for April 2009.
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