Three area first responders were recognized for their bravery by safety advocates.
Some local first responders tell us their stories, after being awarded for acts of heroism.
The Safety Council of Palm Beach County, Inc. held its 16th annual Safety Awards in West Palm Beach this week.
Two police officers and one firefighter were honored, along with 25 local companies where they have lowered injury rates among employees. They were recognized for having safe workplaces.
Palm Beach Police Officer Kevin Morine:
The Town of Palm Beach Police Department received a call that a woman was attempting suicide by drowning in the ocean. She was resisting rescue efforts from civilians, and was wading farther and farther out into the water. She had gone 100 yards off shore!
As Officer Morine approached the woman, she stated "I’m not worth it …..go away!" Morine persisted, utilized a rescue buoy and his skills as a Crisis Intervention Officer, and was able to calm her down. He swam her back to shore. She later received professional help.
Boca Raton Police Officer Tony Rumph:
Rumph rendered aid to a co-worker in the employee lunchroom when he noticed a co-worker in distress. He saw she had one hand around her throat and was pointing to her mouth. He successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver.
Lt. Marx, Fire Fighter with the Town of Palm Beach was boating with his family when he noticed a man floating under the water unconscious. Marx dove in, got the man to a boat and began CPR. Emergency workers were able to get a pulse back. Sadly, the man, who turned out to be an off duty firefighter, later died. Because of Lt. Marx, the family was able to donate the organs of the man.