Firefighter shoots man who was beating an LEO

Firefighter shoots man who was beating an LEO

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    Firefighter shoots man who was beating an LEO

    Fla. firefighter honored for saving cop, shooting suspect

    11/13/2009

    Fla. firefighter honored for saving cop, shooting suspect

    Sun Sentinel

    PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. One of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office's combat crosses given out Friday went to an unlikely candidate: a firefighter.

    It was the first combat cross the agency has given to someone who isn't a law enforcement officer. That's because County Fire-Rescue Capt. Edwin O'Berry helped stop an armed suspect who nearly beat a police officer to death. O'Berry stopped suspect Mauricio Cruz by shooting him.

    But it was also with the help of 13 firefighters that the officer was rescued. Those 12 men and one woman were honored with Samaritan awards at the Sheriff's Office annual awards ceremony.

    On April 8 around 7:20 a.m. Fire-Rescue Station 31 in Palm Springs was going through a shift change and O'Berry was just getting to work when the firefighters saw Cruz, 35, beating Palm Springs Police Officer Douglas Rua in the head with a ceramic flower pot, then switch to Rua's gun. A fence separated the firefighters from the officer in the 3300 block of Second Avenue North, so they shouted to get Cruz's attention while scaling the fence.

    One of the first was paramedic Blum Desravins.

    "I couldn't let this man die in front of me," he said Friday.

    Cruz saw him and pointed the gun toward him. "I thought, 'If this man is a good shot, I'm dead.'"

    But Cruz didn't fire. Though Rua stripped the magazine from his gun during the struggle, there was still a round in the chamber.

    The firefighters continued to distract Cruz. O'Berry went to his car and got his Glock .40 and ran after Cruz as the paramedics attended to Rua, who suffered a broken arm and fractured skull. Cruz pointed Rua's gun but O'Berry fired, striking him several times. Police Officer Joseph DeRogatis also fired at Cruz. The paramedics rushed to tend to Cruz after he was shot, but he later died.

    O'Berry, who has worked as a firefighter for 20 years, said receiving the combat cross was an honor.

    "My fear was for the officer," O'Berry said. "He was in a bad situation, we thought he was dead."

    Cruz was released from jail just four days earlier on a charge of attacking a Rivera Beach police officer but was stopped in that case with a stun gun.

    "The firefighter used his firearm and probably saved the officer's life," Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said. "You just don't expect that."

    Fire-Rescue Chief Steve Jerauld said firefighters are trained to save lives, not take them, but he's glad the officer was rescued and no one else was injured.

    "It could have turned out much differently," Jerauld said. "It could have turned out having to attend a firefighter's funeral and a police officer's funeral."
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    Let's hear it for our firefighters...

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    I am grateful that there was a firearm in the firefighter's car.

    Good work and good thinking on the part of all those firefighters.
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    Warriors/Sheepdogs are found in many different professions!

    Well done!
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    Good Job!
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    Good job by the fire fighter. Not only saved the LEO's life, but saved the taxpayers a lot of money.

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    I like to hear a good ending to a story. Every profession has its heros.
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    He should have been allowed to have the firearm on his hip.

    Great Job!!

    Here is a question? If You did the same thing and was asked to be honored the same way, Would you accept?

    I think I would pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    Fla. firefighter honored for saving cop, shooting suspect

    Cruz was released from jail just four days earlier on a charge of attacking a Rivera Beach police officer but was stopped in that case with a stun gun.
    That just has to make you wonder...
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    Good job!
    Don't do things you don't want to explain to the Paramedics!

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    All of them are heroes...
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    Great Job,Great Job !!

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    Well what can you say, were there when you need us, 24/7 365.

    Well deserved attaboy to the boys and girls at Sta 31.

    I wonder how that "dear chief" memo went.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
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    The firefighters continued to distract Cruz. O'Berry went to his car and got his Glock .40 and ran after Cruz as the paramedics attended to Rua, who suffered a broken arm and fractured skull. Cruz pointed Rua's gun but O'Berry fired, striking him several times. Police Officer Joseph DeRogatis also fired at Cruz. The paramedics rushed to tend to Cruz after he was shot, but he later died.

    Great job by the firefighter.

    I wonder is this still considered self defense since he ran after the the guy after the attack had stopped? Also if these were regular ccw holders and not a firefighter and a cop, would it be viewed the same?
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    Quote Originally Posted by eethomas View Post
    Great job by the firefighter.

    I wonder is this still considered self defense since he ran after the the guy after the attack had stopped? Also if these were regular ccw holders and not a firefighter and a cop, would it be viewed the same?
    I doubt it. The "Vigilante" would be doing time, and be a poster boy for Anti-Gunners.
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