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St. Pete police officer receives Life Saving Award

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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 - 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.

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