Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Scott Shropshire of the RogersCounty detachment has been honored as 2012 Trooper of the Year 2012 for Humanitarianism.
Shropshire was honored for saving the life of a driver in a wreck 14 months ago on US 169 north of Talala near the Rogers-Nowata County line.
He was among six troopers from across the state who were recognized last Thursday, March 28, for heroism, valor or humanitarianism for incidents which occurred in 2012.
“When you hear these Troopers’ stories and find out what they do on our behalf–and the dangers they face–it gives you such a feeling of pride in our Department of Public Safety,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma, which sponsors the awards. “The men and women of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol put their lives on the line for us each and every day.”
According to Trooper Shropshire’s citation, his dispatcher broadcast a report at 12:56 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2012 of a single vehicle rollover collision at US Highway 169 and East 290 Road, located near the Nowata/Rogers County line.
Shropshire heard the call and advised Troop B Communication officers that he was approximately two miles from the crash and would be en route.
When he reached the scene, he found an SUV had overturned and was resting on its top and was partially submerged in a water-filled ditch.
Trooper Shropshire quickly discovered that a passenger, who weighed more than 300 pounds, was wedged between the front driver seat and the window pillar and could not keep his head above the water.
“Without thoughts of his own safety, Trooper Shropshire entered the partially submerged vehicle and physically held the victim’s head up above the water line until fire and rescue workers could arrive and remove the windshield of the vehicle to extricate the victim.
“Trooper Scott Shropshire’s quick, decisive actions, selfless devotion to duty and personal courage were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol,” the citation said.