Member Recognition

2002 Trooper of the Year

Florida Highway Patrol Announces Trooper of the Year

Trooper Maurer receives Trooper of the Year awardTrooper Andrew J. Maurer has been selected as the 2002 Trooper of the Year, for his lifesaving actions at the scene of a day-care fire near Orlando.

Trooper MaurerOn May 8, 2001, at approximately 3:19 p.m., Trooper Maurer was responding to the scene of a traffic crash in Orange County when he observed thick black smoke coming from a nearby building. The building, located on Chipola Circle at Oak Ridge Road, near Orlando, was a day-care center.

Several small children and a day-care worker were running from the structure. The fire department had not yet arrived. Trooper Maurer quickly radioed for their assistance and entered the burning building. Trooper Maurer discovered other children were still within the building and led them to safety. He then made an additional check of each room to insure everyone had safely exited the building. Due to the assistance provided by Trooper Maurer, none of the children were injured.