By Julie Montanaro
February 18, 2014
Law enforcement officers from across Florida gathered at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Gadsden County to honor peers who go above and beyond the call of duty.
That included two life savers.
Capitol Police Officer Joseph Trimboli was working off duty and was among the first on scene the night two teens were shot outside the fairgrounds in Tallahassee. He gave life-saving first aid to a 14 year old shot in the chest.
Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Herrera adminstered CPR to a unresponsive three year old whose grandmother knocked on his door screaming for help. The child ultimately opened his eyes and started breathing again.
Those are just two of the officers honored today by the State Law Enforcement Chiefs Association.
In addition to the awards and applause, all the nominees and their families were honored by Anthony Williams singing the Wind Beneath My Wings.
The 2013 SLECA award winners:
Officer of the Year: Lee Lawshe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Investigator of the Year: Detective David O'Dell, State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations
Outstanding Law Enforcement Trainer: LT Jimmie Collins, Florida HIghway Patrol
Leadership Award: CAPT Janet Hartman, State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations
Lifesaving Award: Trooper Billy Herrera, Florida Highway Patrol
Lifesaving Award: Officer Joseph Trimboli, FDLE
Medal of Valor: Trooper Gualberto Morales, Florida Highway Patrol
President's Award: MAJ Allan "Bob" Johnson, former Bureau Chief of the Bureau of Investigative Services with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Johnson passed away in October. His family accepted the award.