A trooper with the Ashtabula Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was honored Tuesday for saving the life of an elderly motorist.
Trooper Brandon M. Miller was presented with a Certificate of Recognition by Capt. Chris J. Zurcher, Cleveland District commander.
On Feb. 4, at about 4:35 a.m., Miller was patrolling Interstate 90 westbound in Ashtabula County when he observed a vehicle parked in between the I-90 and Route 534 exit ramp.
Miller exited his patrol car and observed tire tracks leading up to the vehicle where it had traveled off the north side of the roadway. He noticed the vehicle was still running, but unoccupied.
Miller discovered one set of footprints in the snow heading north to the exit ramp. He followed the footprints and when he reached the top of the exit ramp, he searched for any indicators that might show if the driver received assistance or walked to a nearby business.
Miller discovered a single set of footprints about 80 feet from the vehicle and an older woman who was not fully dressed and quickly ran back to his car to retrieve items to keep her warm.
While waiting for emergency personnel, Miller removed her partially frozen shirt and wrapped her in blankets. Emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene and took the victim to Cleveland Metro Health Medical Center, where her condition continues to improve, according to police reports.
At Tuesday’s award ceremony, Miller said he’s thankful he was able to find the woman.
Miller joined OHP in September 2011 as a member of the 151st Academy class. He received commission in February of 2012 and was assigned to the Ashtabula post, OHP Lt. Jerad Sutton said.
Miller’s wife, Christina, and their five children, Jonathan, 17, Jacob, 12, Julianna, 9, Gabriella, 6 and Benjamin, 5, attended Tuesday’s ceremony at the post.
When the children asked Miller about the award, he said, “I love my job.”
His wife agreed, and said she’s very proud of him, although sometimes she worries about what he might run into on the road.
Sutton said, “Trooper Miller is one of those troopers who is always looking beyond the initial traffic stop. A good example of that is this incident and he arrested 17 felons last year.”
By Shelley Terry - Star Beacon, Ashtabula, Ohio (MCT)
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