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A Tampa police officer who rescued a woman in Old Tampa Bay and a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy who ended a man’s bloody rampage are among 15 people being honored today for heroism, the governor’s office said.
The Governor’s Medal of Heroism is being awarded this year to 10 law enforcement officers and one firefighter for actions in the line of duty. Gov. Charlie Crist is attended the 11 a.m. ceremony in Tallahassee.
Officer Ryan Jurjevich received the award for his rescue Jan. 28 of a woman clinging to a piling of the Howard Frankland Bridge. Deputy Malachi McCoy is being recognized for fatally shooting a man who killed three people and wounded two deputies during a rampage June 7.
Also honored today were four people with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, including two brothers assigned to the Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center. Special Agent Supervisor Bob Ura and Special Agent Paul Ura received that agency’s Medal of Valor for disarming a gunman who opened fire in a Las Vegas casino in June 2007, wounding four people.rothers were in Las Vegas at the time to attend a wedding, officials said. They borrowed handcuffs from a hotel security officer to detain the man until Las Vegas police arrived.