‘My priority at that point just was the kids’: Hillsborough deputy opens up after rescuing children kidnapped in carjacking
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Two children were rescued mere minutes after they were kidnapped in a carjacking Monday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Jonathan Pazmino Alvarez was flagged down Monday around 6:40 p.m. near the area of East 137th Avenue and North 15th Street in Tampa by a man who said his truck had just been stolen with his two young children still inside.
1st responders rescue goats, horses trapped in flooding in North Port, Venice
NORTH PORT, Fla. (WFLA) — Recovery operations in Sarasota County continued into the weekend after Hurricane Ian brought heavy flooding to the southern parts of the county. The photos showed homes partially submerged by floodwater, which nearly reached the rooftop of one house. Other photos showed livestock stuck in the flooding, including horses and goats.
Watch Fla. Deputies Make Dramatic Flood Rescue after Hurricane Ian
Florida deputies formed a human chain to make a daring rescue of a woman who was caught in surging floodwaters caused by Hurricane Ian last week.
The rescue happened Friday when Orange County sheriff's deputies responded to a woman whose car had been swept away by an "extreme current" in flooding where the Little Econ River surged, according to the department. Body camera captured the deputies wading into the rushing waters to pull the woman to safety.
School resource officer performs CPR on a baby
LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Tense moments for a mother whose baby apparently stopped breathing were caught on camera outside a Lee County school.
The mother exits the car, which is stationed in the middle of a pickup lane for parents to retrieve their students; with the baby cradled in her arms, she begins shouting for help.
Deputy Bill Weaver, a school resource officer, quickly rushes to the mother's aid. The video shows Weaver taking the child and proceeding to give it back thrusts and chest compressions, the infant begins breathing and its life is saved.
Riviera Beach police officer hailed a hero following rip current rescue
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — Decades of training and experience boiled down to a few frantic minutes during a nail-biting ocean rescue to save the lives of two people.
Officer Joseph Hoffman of the Riviera Beach Police Department has a career in law enforcement spanning over two decades.
"I think the longer you work in community, the more you fall in love with it," Hoffman said. "The citizens and whatnot, you feel almost like they’re your kids."
Two hikers rescued by Collier County Sheriff’s Office helicopter
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — A CCSO helicopter crew rescued two hikers from the Big Cypress Preserve after a storm on Friday.
“It feels good, to know that we helped somebody in need. Helicopter operations are very dangerous. So we didn’t want to spend a lot of time out there – get in and get out. Rescue specialists did a great job. Pilots did a great job,” said Cpl. Matt Macera of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, one of the pilots on the mission.
FHP troopers use Narcan to save man from overdose at Leon Co. rest area
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Florida Highway Patrol says its troopers used Narcan on a man who was overdosing at a Leon County rest area early Friday morning, ultimately saving his life.
Police save man from jumping from Alma Lee Loy Bridge
VERO BEACH – Two policer officers negotiated with a man to stop him from jumping from the Alma Lee Loy Bridge Monday, officials said. Vero Beach Master Police Officer Jason Jones and Officer Greg Matakaetis talked with the man for about 25 minutes.
Unresponsive man pulled from boat fire in Martin County
MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — A Martin County man was taken to a hospital Sunday evening after two marine deputies were able to pull him out of a burning boat. Martin County Sheriff's Office Deputies Buddy Sprott and Dan Hill pulled the unresponsive boater out from the cabin moments before it collapsed. Deputies said the flames from the burning vessel were so hot that they melted part of the sheriff's office boat.
Okaloosa Sheriff’s deputies save child from burning home
OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Two Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputies are being treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation after they saved an autistic child from a burning home, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. The sheriff’s office got the call of a home that caught fire on Whispering Oaks Lane near Fort Walton Beach Wednesday afternoon. Deputies went into the home and found the child on the second floor in a bedroom. They were able to bring him out to safety.
Watch: Volusia County deputies use boat to help rescue missing man
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - When a missing man was found in the woods Friday in Volusia County, deputies and neighbors worked together to help rescue him.
Collier County deputies save bicyclist’s life
NAPLES, Fla. — Three deputies from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office were nominated for the CCSO Life Saving Award after performing life-sustaining rescue efforts on a bicyclist who was having a heart attack.
'Exceptional courage': DeLand Police Department sergeant receives medal for rescuing child at beach
DELAND, Fla. — A DeLand Police Department sergeant has received a medal for rescuing a child at a beach. In April, Sgt. Tony Tagle helped a child struggling against the rough surf near the New Smyrna jetty. Police say at the time of the incident, Tagle was fishing from the jetty and off-duty.
Orange County deputies save missing 81-year-old man from pond
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A missing man has been found and rescued by Orange County deputies, and it was all caught on body camera video. "We've been looking for you, buddy. I'm glad we found you man. Thank goodness," a deputy can be heard saying.
Florida officer saves drowning swimmer
OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. — A deputy with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is being congratulated after he saved a swimmer who was drowning off the Gulf. A body camera video caught the officer in action as he ran into the waters behind Sandpiper Cove Condominium.
Off-duty Plant City officer helps firefighters rescue children from burning Pasco County home
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - An off-duty Plant City police officer is being hailed as a hero after he helped firefighters rescue two children from their burning Zephyrhills home.
Off-duty JSO officer rushes to help family after vehicle flips on busy Georgia highway
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - An off-duty Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office officer is being called a hero for helping rescue people from a vehicle that flipped over on a busy highway Saturday afternoon.
Volusia deputies borrow family's boat, capture suspect on stolen jet ski
Deputies turned to an Ormond Beach family for help after getting calls about a man on a stolen jet ski.
In the video above, you can hear a deputy ask a couple to use their boat yesterday afternoon and take them out on the water to track down the man on the stolen jet ski.
Ocala police revive choking baby at Golden Corral
OCALA, Fla. — This past SundayThis past Sunday, Ocala police responded to the Golden Corral on College Road where a six-day-old baby was choking on his mother's milk and started turning purple.
'Without him, me and my daughter might not be here': Mom thanks deputy who rescued family from fire
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Video from a body camera worn by an Orange County Sheriff's deputy shows the wild rescue of a toddler from a burning building.
Hillsborough County deputies rescue boy from Thonotosassa house fire
SEFFNER, Fla. - A 9-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after Hillsborough County deputies rescued him from his burning home in Seffner on Friday.
New video shows hero trooper crash into drunken driver to save Skyway 10k runners
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Florida Highway Patrol shared another video showing the moment a trooper risked her life to save a group of runners from a suspected drunken driver on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Trooper Toni Schuck crashed her patrol SUV into a woman’s vehicle to stop it from hitting runners participating in the Skyway 10k on Sunday morning.
2 Charlotte County deputies, good Samaritan on video saving man from burning car
Their bravery is unmatched. The deputies and one good Samaritan did what most do not; run toward danger. “I wasn’t worried about whether or not I’d be able to get him out… I was worried about just getting him out of the car,” said Deputy Parrish. “When I get out of my car I can hear him yelling for me. You know, hey I’m on fire, I need help.”
Oakland officers broke windows, rescued residents from burning home
OAKLAND, Fla. —Three Oakland police officers are receiving praise from the department for rescuing two people trapped in a burning building.
Hillsborough County deputy delivers DoorDash order after arresting driver
A Hillsborough County deputy had to take a DoorDash delivery into his hands after the sheriff’s office arrested the delivery driver.
Florida crossing guard saves elementary school student from speeding truck
CRESTVIEW, Fla. – A school crossing guard with the Crestview Police Department saved an elementary school student from harm Wednesday morning with her quick actions.
'I came here to jump off this bridge,' man tells Martin County deputies who respond to 911 call
Members of the sheriff's office behavioral health unit along with the hostage negotiation team responded to the scene and spent about three hours working with the man who said he was distraught over the death of his mother and brother.
Florida police officer rescues dog trapped in mud
PALM BAY, Fla. - A Central Florida officer came to the rescue of a dog that had got itself stuck neck-deep in mud.
Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office unveils Autism Awareness Patrol Car
SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. -- Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson held a press conference Tuesday to unveil a new Autism Awareness Patrol Car. The patrol vehicle will be driven by Deputy Bambi Lynn to help raise awareness in the community.
Florida police officer rescues 'very young' boy found riding scooter on busy highway
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said a Capitol Police Officer came to the rescue of a "very young" boy who was found riding a scooter along a busy highway in Tallahassee on Tuesday night. The boy told the officer he was trying to go see his mom.
Watch: Off-duty Florida detective saves two children from I-95 car fire
FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Two children were seriously hurt in a fiery crash in Flagler County Monday night. “I’m very proud of Detective Gossett and everyone that responded,” said Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly. “A Deputy Sheriff is never off duty and this is a great example of responding to an emergency even while technically ‘off duty’.”