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Florida Governor Scott recognizes life-saving efforts of two Tampa police heroes

Tampa police officers Lloyd Borden (l) and Richard Mercado (r) are each presented a Heroes Award by Florida Governor Rick Scott and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
Tampa Police Media Relations

Florida Governor Rick Scott and Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi took time out of their respective hectic schedules to recognize two Tampa Police Department officers for heroic, life-saving deeds demonstrated on January 30, 2014. The two Tampa police officers, Lloyd Borden and Richard Mercado, were each presented with a Heroes Award for saving the life of a Tampa man in a burning building.

Tampa police Corporal Lloyd Borden and Police Officer Richard Mercado were first to arrive on scene to find the Tampa man's home fully engulfed. Both Lloyd and Mercado bravely entered the burning home and located the sole resident, carrying him to safety outside the dwelling.

Once Tampa Fire/Rescue personnel were on scene, the engulfed home was extinguished. According to Tampa Fire/Rescue reports, it is believed a pot of food cooking on the stove was the cause of the fire.

All three men were subsequently transported to Tampa General Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

For their life-saving efforts, both men were recognized in front of a crowd of spectators, family, and colleagues. Governor Rick Scott, accompanied by Attorney General Pam Bondi, presented both police heroes with the Heroes Award on Thursday, February 6, 2014.


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