While dispatch was attempting to locate a boat, Officer Bloodworth was monitoring the female and noticed that she was becoming fatigued and struggling to keep her head above water. Officer Bloodworth quickly made the decision to go into the water after the female. Officer Morales kept a steady dialog with the female which kept her from moving further away. Officer Bloodworth then commandeered a pair of “Crocks” from an onlooker, so he could traverse the barnacle covered rocks and enter the water. Once in the water, Officer Bloodworth removed the “Crocks” and threw them to Officer Cain so he too could assist. Officer Bloodworth quickly covered the distance between the shore and the female and grabbed her. The female initially tried to resist Officer Bloodworth’s assistance, but she was quickly overpowered. Officer Bloodworth was able to safely pull the female to shore where Officer Cain and Officer Lawrence were standing by to assist.
The female was transported to the Baptist Hospital Emergency Room. Officer Bloodworth knew the only way to save the female was to risk his own life and to swim out to retrieve her. Officer Bloodworth’s actions reflected great credit upon himself, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Pensacola Police Department.
We also took some time to recognize the milestones and achievements of some of our City employees.