Pinellas County - Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Javier Hernandez had to make a split second decision, but that quick action saved a life. It was Christmas Eve 2012, and Trooper Hernandez received a about a distraught man heading towards the Sunshine Skyway Bridge possibly to commit suicide. Hernadez spotted him and managed to stop him from jumping.
For his actions Trooper Javier Hernandez is receiving Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year Award at Our Heroes Luncheon this Thursday.
For 19 years now Sykes Enterprises and John & Susan Sykes have honored our First Responders with Our Heroes Luncheon. The luncheon recognizes the work the men and women of law enforcement and fire rescue provide for all of us as they go above and beyond. They also hand out scholarships to the sons and daughters of our First Responders to help with their education.
The luncheon is this Thursday at the Tampa Convention Center from 12 until 1:30. I am honored to be part of it acting as emcee along with Mason Dixon from Q-105. Tickets are still available. Just go to www.tampabayheroes.org .
Click the video to see Trooper Hernandez' story.