Major Ken Howes or
Florida Highway Patrol
For Immediate Release
Tallahassee - Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Neil P. Moore, Troop K, West Palm Beach, has been selected as the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Trooper of the Year award for his lifesaving actions at the scene of a traffic crash. The announcement was made last night at the IACPís State and Provincial Division 2000 Mid-Year conference in Arlington, Virginia.
On October 21, 1998, at 1:30 PM, Trooper Moore came upon a traffic crash on the Florida Turnpike at the 104 mile marker south bound in Palm Beach County. Trooper Moore immediately determined that the crashed vehicle had ended up submerged in a canal with the driver trapped inside.
Trooper Moore quickly called for Emergency Medical Services, enlisted the assistance of two civilians, removed unnecessary equipment from his person, and made a reconnaissance dive into the canal. This dive revealed a vehicle on its left side, an unconscious driver fully belted into the driverís seat, and all windows in the closed position. Trooper Moore surfaced, obtained a knife, and redove to the vehicle.
On the second dive, Trooper Moore was able to break the right front window, enter the vehicle through that window, cut the safety belt, and pull the unconscious driver out of the vehicle. With the assistance of the two civilians, Trooper Moore was able to get the unconscious driver to shore. In doing so, Trooper Moore suffered numerous cuts to his arms and hands.
A quick assessment of the driverís vital signs indicated no pulse and no breathing. Trooper Moore and one civilian immediately began administering Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Within minutes, these two individuals had restored breathing and a heartbeat to the near victim, Mr. Robert James Flowers.
This marks the second time in the last five years that a Florida trooper has earned the National Trooper of the Year award. In 1995, Trooper Carlos Velasquez of Jacksonville was recognized for rescuing two adults and three small children from their vehicle just seconds before an approaching train slammed into it, knocking the car over 100 feet down the railroad tracks.
NOTE: A portrait photo of Trooper Moore is available by calling FHP at 850-617-2301.