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1st woman is Trooper of Year

Melody A. Barron was honored Tuesday by Gov. Lawton Chiles and the Cabinet as 1993 state Trooper of the Year, the first woman to get the award in its 28-year history. Barron, of Highway Patrol Troop L in Palm Beach County, was cited for heroism for her actions on April 28, 1992, when she saved a tractor-trailer driver from a fiery Interstate 95 accident and braved a cloud of toxic pesticide fumes. Barron spent two days in the hospital with respiratory problems after the accident. The award is given annually by the Florida Petroleum Council.

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