Polk County (FL) Fire Captain, Currently Suspended, Saved Man’s Life

Polk County Fire Rescue Captain Jerry Riner helped save a man’s life recently when he witnessed the man’s vehicle run off the road. When Riner approached the vehicle, he discovered the man had suffered a heart attack, according to the Daily Ridge.

Riner administered CPR until paramedics arrived and transported the victim to the hospital. The actions might be worth a commendation normally, but unfortunately Riner is suspended from his position at the Polk County Fire and Rescue. The county has given him a choice. He can remain in his position as captain at Polk County or retain his position as chief of the Frostproof Volunteer Fire Department.

The dilemma came about when the county this fall enforced its policy that prohibits firefighters from serving in multiple departments. For more, visit the Daily Ridge.

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