Photo/Story Gallery 2002

Trooper Saves Man’s Life With First Use of Defibrillator

Trooper Moore with his defibrillatorOn October 17, 2002, at 10:27 a.m., Trooper Eddie Moore, a 23-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol assigned to Troop D, Orlando, became the first trooper to successfully use a defibrillator to revive a cardiac arrest victim.

The incident occurred on the East-West Expressway as Trooper Moore was on routine patrol. A white Lincoln was stopped in the median and Trooper Moore noticed the driver slumped over the wheel. Moore found a 72-year-old man unconscious in the vehicle. Trooper Moore gained access to the locked vehicle, and with the help of an Orange County deputy, removed the man from the vehicle and then began to perform CPR.

Trooper Moore then used his defibrillator on the victim. Paramedics arrived and transported the man to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

Congratulations to Trooper Moore for this lifesaving effort!