Governor Rick Scott Presents West Miami Police Department Sergeant Myrna Lopez with the “Medal of Heroism”

Today, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized West Miami Police Department Sergeant Myrna Lopez with the Medal of Heroism for her heroic actions, sound judgment and service to Florida families. On October 15, 2012, Sergeant Lopez responded to a situation involving the kidnapping of an individual at gunpoint in Miami-Dade County after completing her 12 hour shift.

After assessing the situation and radioing for assistance, Sergeant Lopez developed a plan to help rescue the kidnapped victim from the perpetrator. During the incident, the kidnapper took evasive actions, fired several times at Sergeant Lopez and pushed away the victim. During the fire fight, Sergeant Lopez lost sight of the kidnapper but established a perimeter until she was relieved by the arriving officers. Sergeant Lopez’s heroic actions led to the safe return of the victim.

Governor Scott said, “I am honored to present Sergeant Myrna Lopez with the Medal of Heroism for her sacrifice, courage and service to our state and Florida families. Sergeant Lopez’s heroic actions contributed to the safe return of the victim and prevented injury to any other innocent individual.”

West Miami Police Department Chief Nelson Andreu said, “I am proud and humbled to have been invited to share in this most honorable moment. All the members of the West Miami Police Department share in a congratulatory salute to Sgt. Lopez for receiving The Governor’s Heroism Medal.”

West Miami Police Department Sergeant Myrna Lopez said, “Being terrified but going ahead and doing what must be done is why I chose to be an officer. I am grateful to be recognized with The Governor’s Heroism Medal by Governor Rick Scott, it is truly humbling. Thank you.”

The “Medal of Heroism” is given to any law enforcement or correctional officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician or paramedic who has distinguished himself or herself by risking his or her life deliberately above and beyond the call of duty and must have engaged in hazardous or perilous activities to preserve lives with the knowledge that such activities might result in great personal harm.


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