|Corporal Chet White, 44, of Saline County, was presented the prestigious Arkansas State Trooper of the Year Award for 2020 today during the annual state police awards ceremony. *(see earlier news release or view the release at www.asp.arkansas.gov )|
The award was presented by Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police and Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas Attorney General. Corporal White is a 22-year veteran of the state police assigned to Highway Patrol Division, Troop A and qualified to be considered for the top award based on also receiving a department lifesaving award.
A July 18, 2020 utility vehicle accident in Saline County led to Corporal White responding to a call for help while off-duty. At the scene of the accident he found an unconscious 12-year girl pinned beneath an overturned off-road utility vehicle. The victim was not breathing, leading Corporal White to lift the 1,800 pound vehicle enough that two children who had been with the victim were able to pull her from underneath the UTV.
Corporal White began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the child and called for a medical helicopter to respond. The CPR assistance revived the victim, but twice, she stopped breathing while awaiting the helicopter as Corporal White continued the resuscitations. The victim survived her injuries following 10 days of hospital treatment and care.