Major Ken Howes or
Florida Highway Patrol
For Release Tuesday, September 28, 1999
TALLAHASSEE - Colonel Charles C. Hall, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, announced today that Trooper Neil P. Moore, Troop K, West Palm Beach, has been selected as the 1999 "Trooper of the Year" for his lifesaving actions at the scene of a traffic crash. Moore will be officially recognized as FHP Trooper of the Year by the Governor and Cabinet during today’s Florida Cabinet Meeting. The Florida Petroleum Council has sponsored the Trooper of the Year Award since 1965. The award is presented annually to an outstanding trooper in recognition of acts of heroism or exceptional performance of duties. Trooper Moore was selected for this prestigious award based on the following incident:
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 driver’s 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 driver’s 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.
Trooper Moore is a nine year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol. He is also a Major in the Florida Air National Guard.