Trooper Richard Elliott
Troop H - Quincy
Congratulations to Trooper Richard Elliott for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for December 2008 for his attempts to save a citizen from a burning house.
On December 30, 2008, Trooper Elliott was at the Florida Highway Patrol station in Quincy when he heard on the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office radio about a house fire on Woodbury Road. Trooper Elliott knew that Woodbury Road was across from the station and he responded. When he arrived at the residence he saw flames coming from the rear of the house and two males trying unsuccessfully to kick in the front door. Trooper Elliott was told that an elderly man may be inside the residence. Trooper Elliott told the two men trying to kick the door in to step back and Trooper Elliott was able to kick the front door in.
Trooper Elliott could see thick black smoke in the living room and he yelled several times but received no response from anyone inside. Trooper Elliott tried to crawl into the living room to try and locate anyone inside but had to retreat due to the smoke and heat. Trooper Elliott ran to his patrol car and got a towel to put over his face and attempted to enter the house again. The smoke, heat and exploding glass forced Trooper Elliott to retreat again.
The Gadsden County Fire Department arrived and extinguished the fire. After the fire was extinguished fire department personnel searched the house and found the body of an elderly gentleman in a closed closet in the front bedroom.
Trooper Elliott is to be commended for his brave actions and his commitment to the citizens of the State of Florida.