St. Pete police officer receives Life Saving Award - WFLA News Channel 8

St. Pete police officer receives Life Saving Award

Posted: Updated:
Officer DeJesus (left) and Miguel Sanchez (right) Officer DeJesus (left) and Miguel Sanchez (right)
Miguel Sanchez says the car just dropped on him Miguel Sanchez says the car just dropped on him
Officer DeJesus says he isn't a hero Officer DeJesus says he isn't a hero
ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) - St. Petersburg Police Officer Ruben "Benji" DeJesus received the Live Saving Award for his quick action in lifting a car that had trapped a man.  
  
Chief Chuck Harmon presented the award to Officer DeJesus on Wednesday.  DeJesus is a 28-year veteran of the department.

On September 30th, 24 year old Miguel Sanchez was working under a friend's Chevrolet Cavalier, when the car fell on top of him.

"The car just dropped on me and that's all I remember, " said Sanchez, who attended Wednesday's award ceremony.

Some teenaged girls flagged down Officer DeJesus as he was passing by the apartment complex at 4000 58th St. N.

The officer took charge, and enlisted the aid of the young women.  Together, they managed to lift the car off Sanchez while another teenage boy pulled him out from under the car.

The average Chevrolet Cavalier weighs about 2500 pounds, and Officer DeJesus is not a large man.

After they pulled him out, Sanchez was turning blue and not breathing.  Officer DeJesus performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

Sanchez didn't suffer life threatening injuries.  He was on hand with his fiancee and baby to thank Officer Dejesus.

"I have three young kids that need to be raised and I'm really blessed he was around and saved my life because if it wasn't for him I wouldn't be here today," said Sanchez.

Officer DeJesus was visibly moved by the presentation.

"I don't think I'm a hero, but it's just how fate works," said DeJesus.

Don’t miss out on the day’s top Facebook conversations http://on.fb.me/18y81Cl


  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

    Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:59:58 GMT
    This Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in PinellasThis Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in Pinellas
    Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
    Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
  • RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:45:14 GMT
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
  • How thieves clone your credit cards

    How thieves clone your credit cards

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:15:02 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.