Brevard Sheriff’s Son A ‘Chip Off the Old Block’
By Space Coast Daily // September 9, 2013
Robert W. Ivey Jr. Named FHP Trooper of the Year
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey’s son, Trooper Robert W. Ivey Jr. was named, along with Sgt. Alvaro Feola, “Troopers of the Year” for the Florida Highway Patrol.
Robert is assigned as a K-9 Officer to the Ft. Pierce Turnpike (Troop K) and has been with the Florida Highway Patrol since 2006.
The Trooper of the Year honor follows an incident on January 14, 2012 when Trooper Ivey and then Sgt. Feola responded to a crash on State Road 91 in St. Lucie County where a driver lost control of his vehicle, which overturned and came to rest on the driver side and burst into flames.
With the driver still belted inside, Troopers Ivey and Sgt. Feola quickly approached the vehicle. Trooper Ivey attempted to break the rear window but was unsuccessful and Sgt. Feola grabbed his mag light and was eventually able to get an entry point into the vehicle by breaking out a window.
As Trooper Ivey was busy cutting the victim free, the driver’s leg caught on fire. Trooper Ivey and Sgt. Feola were able to smother the flames on the driver’s leg, and due to the fire spreading throughout the car and the driver having difficulty breathing, carried the victim away from the car to a safe location.
Trooper Ivey then entered the smoky vehicle through the broken window and saw that the flames were beginning to penetrate the dashboard. Trooper Ivey attempted to cut the safety belt but his safety belt cutter was not large enough.
Sgt. Feola retrieved a larger pocketknife which Trooper Ivey was then able to use to free the driver. As Trooper Ivey was busy cutting the victim free, the driver’s leg caught on fire. Trooper Ivey and Sgt. Feola were able to smother the flames on the driver’s leg, and due to the fire spreading throughout the car and the driver having difficulty breathing, carried the victim away from the car to a safe location.
The St. Lucie County Fire Department then arrived and extinguished the fire. The driver was given oxygen for smoke inhalation and was transported to the Lawn Wood Medical Center for further treatment to his injuries.
“As a Dad and fellow law enforcement officer I could not be more proud of my son and Sgt. Feola for their heroic and life saving actions,” said Sheriff Ivey.
“Each and every day our law enforcement officers put themselves in harm’s way to protect our citizens and community. Please join me in congratulating both Troopers for their outstanding work and dedication to protect Florida’s citizens.”