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Reserve Deputy of the Year Award

2014 Reserve Deputy Sheriff of the Year

Reserve Officer Bill Coyle

Jacksonville, FL

 

NSA is pleased to announce that Reserve Officer Bill Coyle, with the Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff’s Office, has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Reserve Deputy Sheriff of the Year. 

As a reservist, Officer Coyle volunteers his time the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the City of Jacksonville. Officer Coyle was presented with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office “Medal of Merit” in June 2013 for his help following a November 2012 traffic accident. The Medal of Merit is awarded exceptional meritorious action. The nominee must demonstrate exceptional courage by performing a voluntary action in an extremely dangerous situation.

On November 22, 2012 after a regular workday, when most were enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday with their families, Reservist Coyle put himself in harm’s way to help others. He witnessed a van hit several vehicles and pedestrians and shear off a gas pump. Reservist Coyle ran over to help and get all of the victims out of harm’s way as fire began to spread.

After taking care of the victims, Coyle contacted dispatchers to request assistance and to provide information about the incident. He also managed the scene until patrol and rescue arrived.

Coyle provided patrol officers with a detailed description of the suspect who fled the scene. Patrol officers were able to locate and arrest the suspect.