Police Officer Mario Gutierrez Recognized By Gov. Rick Scott
By Space Coast Daily // November 10, 2015
During today’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized Miami-Dade Police Department Officer Mario Gutierrez with the Medal of Heroism for his bravery and quick reaction during a dangerous situation where he saved lives from a gasoline storage tank explosion.
Governor Scott said, “Officer Gutierrez showed courage to save lives and we applaud his commitment to the families of Miami-Dade. His heroic actions demonstrate the brave work that Florida’s law enforcement officers do every day.
Florida is proud to be home to so many law enforcement heroes and I am honored to present Officer Gutierrez with the Medal of Heroism.”
Miami–Dade Police Department Director, J.D. Patterson said, “Officer Gutierrez showed exceptional courage and decisiveness in his efforts to save and protect innocent people around him. His actions reflect the highest commitment to public service and I am proud to join Governor Scott in recognizing his bravery with the Medal of Heroism.”
About Officer Mario Gutierrez
On October 29, 2013, Officer Gutierrez was on patrol and noticed an individual tampering with a gasoline storage tank at a gas station. The individual had started a fire on top of the valve system attempting to cause a large explosion. Officer Gutierrez knew if an explosion occurred, the entire gas station would be destroyed, potentially killing anyone in the immediate vicinity.
Putting himself in danger, Officer Gutierrez shut off the valve to the pumps rendering them inoperable. Officer Gutierrez then responded to the individual, who became increasingly violent, and Officer Gutierrez sustained multiple wounds from the interaction. Officer Gutierrez’s life threatening injuries were sustained due to the quick response of Airport District Motor Officer Juan Leon (pictured above) and he was transported to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The medical staff met the Officer Gutierrez outside and stabilized him, saving his life. Thanks to the quick action of Officer Gutierrez, many lives were saved.