March 3, 2011 by Julie Montanaro
An officer who patrols the beaches and bogs of Franklin County has been named "Officer of the Year."
Hundreds of law officers gathered in Tallahassee today as the State Law Enforcement Chiefs Association honored about two dozen of the best men and women in uniform.
Garrett Creamer, an officer with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, was named "Officer the Year" for saving not one, but two lives in the past year.
He saved a man in a burning car and rescued a young girl whose mobile home exploded moments later.
"It's a very good feeling to know that I was part of saving a child's life and doing what I was born to do," Creamer said.
Amidst the accolades and applause was also a moment of silence for nine officers killed in the line of duty already this year. A black draped chair with nine red roses sat right next to the head table.