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FWC officers awarded Medal of Heroism for actions during Hurricane Hermine

Posted at 2:32 PM, Oct 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-25 14:32:28-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – During Tuesday’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized six Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers with the Medal of Heroism for their bravery and service assisting families in Hernando County during Hurricane Hermine.

The six FWC officers helped conduct search and rescue missions and responded to many requests for assistance and evacuation during and immediately following Hurricane Hermine. Evacuations were performed using FWC boats and FWC vehicles due to high amounts of flooding.

Their brave actions helped rescue many Floridians, including a pregnant resident and child with water in their home. FWC officers immediately responded and helped safely evacuate both the mother and her 4-year-old daughter so a transport vehicle could take them to a safe residence.

The following first responders were recognized with the Medal of Heroism Award:

  • Lieutenant Kevin Grover
  • Officer Robyn Bergwerff
  • Officer Dave Spradlin
  • Officer Dan Fagan
  • Officer Scott Peterson
  • Officer Justin Henry

"These six FWC officers are some of the many heroes who did not hesitate to put their own lives at risk in order to assist families affected by the dangerous flooding caused by this storm, and I am honored to recognize them with the Medal of Heroism today," said Gov. Scott. "While it is always important to have a plan in place and be prepared for any storm, we know our many first responders stand ready to keep our families safe and protected.”