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'Heroes with Heart' a gala event to honor first responders
The Trauma Intervention Program of Northwest Florida is honoring several first responders and local businesses for their compassion in emergency situations.
Volunteers with "TIP" are often called to emergency scenes to provide immediate counseling and support for people who have experienced a traumatic event.
The organization is recognizing members of law enforcement, fire departments and even a few businesses that went beyond the call of duty.
Pensacola PD Officer Dan Bell was nominated for more than one call, one involving natural death in the home, and one a case where a man was struck while walking his dog on Creighton (on the sidewalk outside his neighborhood--tragic).
SRSO Dep. Steve Clark was also nominated for multiple calls, one in particular an OD death of a young man, another a tragic pool drowning of an elderly man. FWBMC was nominated on multiple occasions for compassion within their department as a whole. Multiple nominations and different individuals recognized.
GBPD Officer Chris Lanzetta was nominated for his compassion in working with a victim of domestic violence. This woman went to a shelter for the first time in her life, after decades of abuse, and credited Officer Lanzetta's compassion, as well as him calling someone to be with her, as the reason she finally agreed to accept help.
ECSO Lt. Mike Workman was nominated for his compassion toward 4 children....middle of the night in the rain.....on a call where the mom shot and killed the dad after an argument. Forensic investigator Eric Esmond was nominated on multiple calls, one specifically in Destin where a young woman on a bicycle was struck and killed on Hwy 98, and another where he showed extreme compassion with a wife whose husband committed suicide in the house.
Midway Fire District Battalion Chief Lou Jones was nominated for a call in which he returned to a chaotic scene in which an elderly woman has died, and thoroughly explained and therefore brought great calm to a grandson who was becoming combative with other officers on scene.
SRSO Scott Haines was nominated for his compassion, caring and explanations to a family who suffered the drowning loss of a 2yr old.
Pensacola International Airport for their work in making every step through the airport as streamlined, compassionate and well thought out as possible for the families of fallen service members returning home. Incredible job on their behalf.
OCSO Deputy Christina Tencyzki for her work making phone calls, cleaning up a bloody scene so a family member would not have to see it, and showing extreme compassion giving hugs and bringing calm to a difficult situation in the death of an elderly man.