JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two sergeants with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office were awarded Thursday morning for saving the lives of complete strangers.
"This is the right place at the right time award," joked Sgt. Robert Beers, one of the recipients.
On March 9, Beers was first on the scene of a double shooting on Springfield Ave. in the city's Brentwood area.
He immediately saw an 18-year-old man in grave condition bleeding from the chest. He said it was second nature to put pressure on the wound to keep the victim alive.
"He was just laying there in a pool of his own blood. I went over to him and he wasn't moving, and I thought he's the one who needs my help now," Beers said.
So, for his bravery and quick thinking in the line of duty, Sheriff John Rutherford is giving Beers a life-saving award. It's an honor he said he did not see coming.
"I'm glad I was prepared for it through the training I've had here. I was just glad I was there on time," he said humbly.
Rutherford is also bestowing the same award on Sgt. Mike Senterfitt, an officer who actually began his career as a paramedic more than 20 years ago.
He said, "So when I came to the sheriff's office I was passionate about first aid as well as law enforcement."
In fact, Senterfitt is who pushed JSO to enact more stringent first aid training and mandates for officers. For example, many now carry tourniquets on their belts.
Then, in April, Senterfitt had to take all of his knowledge and use it himself when a young man had his leg severed by a train off Main Street.
"It was pretty mangled from the train. I snatched it off and put it on the leg. Right place at the right time and was able to help him," he said.
Senterfitt added that he is also humbled to be recognized for protecting and serving the community he calls home.
"It was great to know all the years of training paid off and that I was in the right place at the right time," he said.