Governor Rick Scott Presents Miami Beach Police Department Officer Earl Hackworth with the Medal of Heroism

Today, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized Officer Earl Hackworth of the Miami Beach Police Department with the Medal of Heroism for his heroic actions and service to families in South Florida. On September 1, 2013, Officer Earl Hackworth was driving to work southbound on I-95, when he witnessed a serious multi-vehicle accident with numerous injuries.

Officer Hackworth observed an individual trapped inside of a burning vehicle and several other injured individuals who had been ejected from their vehicles onto the highway. Being the only unit on scene, Officer Hackworth immediately assessed the situation and took control of the scene by requesting bystanders to re-direct traffic around the victims who were lying across the highway.

Meanwhile, Officer Hackworth focused his efforts on pulling the trapped occupant out of the burning vehicle to safety. Officer Hackworth then administered first aid to the other injured parties on the scene while waiting for additional units to arrive.

Governor Scott said, “Officer Hackworth placed his own life in jeopardy in order to protect the well-being of others, and I am honored to recognize him with the Medal of Heroism Award for going above and beyond the call of duty. Thanks to Officer Hackworth’s heroic actions, all those involved avoided serious injury or death and this reflects the commitment of our first responders throughout our communities.”

Miami Beach Police Department Chief of Police Raymond A. Martinez said, “I am extremely proud of the work that the men and women of the Miami Beach Police Department do day-in and day-out. Officer Hackworth’s actions on his way to work that day exemplify this commitment to public service even when it endangered his own safety. I thank Governor Rick Scott for recognizing Officer Hackworth’s heroic actions here today at our State’s Capitol. Congratulations to Officer Earl Hackworth for an honor well deserved.”

Miami Beach Police Department Officer Earl Hackworth said, “I would first like to thank Governor Scott for this honor, and second, Chief Martinez for taking time out of his busy schedule to be present with me here today. I also want to thank my wife Nadia for her love and support. I wish to acknowledge the civilians who assisted me on the scene that night. First responders perform important and often heroic acts everyday in this state. I want to thank my brothers and sisters, for I am truly proud to serve alongside them. I believe I speak for all officers when I say we are grateful for the support we receive from our lawmakers, chiefs, families, and the citizens of Florida that we serve.”

 

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