A Miami-Dade police officer who risked his own life to try to save a crash victim during a standoff with an armed shooting suspect was honored for his actions Tuesday.
County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz presented a proclamation to Officer Jonathan Dweck for his efforts to save Maritza Medina during the Sept. 18 incident.
Dweck received a standing ovation during the presentation, which took place at the Stephen P. Clark Center.
"Thank you for what you did," Diaz said
Dweck and members of the Broward Sheriff's Office helped get Medina away from the crash site at the area of Griffin Road and U.S. 27 amid a standoff with Antonio Feliu, who shot and killed two women in South Miami Heights before leading police on a pursuit into Broward County.
Medina was ejected from her car after Feliu's SUV slammed into her at the intersection. As a SWAT standoff with Feliu took place, paramedics were not allowed to approach Medina.
Dweck put his car between the suspect's SUV and Medina, and he and one of the BSO officers were able to get her away from the scene.
"That day, I saw the victim lying there and I knew immediately I had to give her a chance at life," Dweck said.
Despite Dweck's best efforts to give her CPR, Medina, 48, died at the scene. Diaz said he was compelled to honor Dweck after seeing the tragedy unfold on TV.
"One of the things I saw was the victim lying with no help, nobody, all alone," Diaz said. "When you put your car between her and the peril that was facing her, you didn't think of yourself, that's why I said I have to recognize this officer."
The standoff ended when authorities discovered Feliu had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"In this instance, it was caught on camera and people actually got to see a piece of what we do every single day, so I want everyone to keep in mind that the officers work very hard for you all," Dweck said.
Dweck, who has been with the Miami-Dade Police Department since 2003, has received numerous commendations throughout his career, including the Citizens Advisory Committee Officer of the Month for the months of April and September 2013 and the Life Saving Award in April 2013.
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