Hero FHP Trooper Fired After Arrest

Monday, Jul 7, 2014  |  Updated 6:37 PM EDT
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An ex-Florida Highway Patrol trooper has gone from hero to criminal after allegedly getting into a fight with a girlfriend. NBC 6's Jamie Guirola reports.

An ex-Florida Highway Patrol trooper has gone from hero to criminal after allegedly getting into a fight with a girlfriend. NBC 6's Jamie Guirola reports.

An ex-Florida Highway Patrol trooper has gone from hero to criminal after allegedly getting into a fight with a girlfriend.

Until now, Trooper Billy Herrera, Jr. was best known as the officer who saved a toddler’s life in November. Trooper Herrera was praised for his quick thinking when he performed CPR on a three-year-old neighbor who was having a seizure.

“I just stayed there with him until rescue arrived,” Herrera said in November. “I was happy I was able to help him out.”

But on June 23rd, the 23-year-old rookie was booked on battery charges. According to a police report obtained exclusively by NBC 6, Herrera got into a heated argument with his girlfriend in their new apartment and it turned violent when “the defendant grabbed and slammed her against a wall.”

The report goes on to say that, "the victim displayed bruising about her neck and arms and also had a sprained ankle."

Herrera just joined FHP last September. NBC 6 has confirmed that Herrera was terminated because of this incident. NBC 6 reached out to him for comment, but his attorney said no comment.

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