- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—MANATEE — The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that the July employee of the month was Community Service Officer Michelle Burke and the deputy of the month was Deputy Jeremy Bass.

Bass witnessed a tractor trailer rear-end a dump truck on State Road 70 on May 13, which pushed the truck more than 100 feet down the roadway and caused the driver of the tractor trailer to slam into his windshield and then back, snapping the seat, according to a release.

The cab of the tractor trailer began to fill with smoke, and Bass and Sheriff Brad Steube got into the cab to help the driver, who was semi-conscious, had facial trauma and couldn’t feel below his waist, according to Steube.

Fire and other emergency personnel eventually arrived on scene to extinguish the fire hazard and cut the driver out of his seat.

Burke was on community patrol on July 2 when she noticed smoke in a mobile home park, according to a release. She notified dispatch of the structure fire.

When neighbors told her an elderly person was in the ablaze mobile home she tried to get inside, but the fire was too hot for a rescue, Steube said. She and a deputy then entered nearby homes to tell people to evacuate, and it was later determined that no one had been in the home on fire.

Burke and Bass were awarded the employee of the month and deputy of the month, respectively, for disregarding their own safety to perform a rescue, according to a release.


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