During an April 22 meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott offered special recognition to Officer of Earl Hackworth of the Miami Beach Police Department with the Medal of Heroism for his work on September 1, 2013. While driving on I-95, Hackworth saw a person trapped inside burning vehicle and other injured people who had been thrown from their vehicles onto the highway. Hackworth took control of the situation and then focused on pulling the occupants of the burning vehicle to a safe location. Hackworth then administered first aid to the injured people on the scene, according to an April 22 release by the Office of Governor Rick Scott.
Many people complain about the police. Many resent the authority they have and no one likes being arrested or getting a speeding ticket. But being a police officer is a dangerous career and can result in death or injury. Hackworth is an example of an officer who is willing to put his life on the line to help other people. He deserves praise for his effort.