Photo/Story Gallery 2004

Trooper Attempts Water Rescue

Trooper GourleyOn the morning of January 7, 2004, Trooper John Gourley arrived on the scene of a motor vehicle crash on SR-93 (I-75) south of the Gainesville Rest Area. Upon his arrival, Trooper Gourley observed a semi truck parked on the west shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle was partially submerged in water approximately sixty-five feet from dry land.

Without regard for his personal safety, Trooper Gourley entered the water to assist the driver. After assessing the driver’s situation, Trooper Gourley was unable to obtain a pulse. Water pressure prevented Trooper Gourley from opening the doors to gain access. The water level was midway to the passenger side window, and the cab was partially filled with water. Trooper Gourley entered the vehicle through a side window and pulled the driver out of the water and up onto the seat.

Trooper Gourley remained with the truck driver until he could be moved to dry land. Medical personnel soon arrived to give assistance. Unfortunately, the driver could not be revived, and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Trooper Gourley went beyond the call of duty, placing the well being of another before his own. Trooper Gourley’s commitment to protecting fellow citizens is evident by his brave actions.