A Florida transit worker has been lauded by police for his heroism in rescuing two female police officers.
But his bosses awarded his heroics by placing him under investigation.
It was April 26 when police were dispatched to deal with a man, Charles Kee, who headbutted security at the transit station because he was violating his year long restraining order, WFTS, abc action news reported.
But as the two officers struggled to put handcuffs on Kee, 26, he punched one of the women in the face and tried to grab her firearm, according to surveillance video of the incident.
“You could see through the window his hand on the gun,” witness Carl Baer told WFTS.
“The clip ended up coming out of the gun laying on the ground, so he had his hand on it enough to release the clip,” Baer, a cab driver, said.
As the struggle ensued another man came into the scene. Tim Martin, a supervisor for Hillsborough Area Regional Transit.
“The first thing that really turned things in our favor was when he came in and put a bear hug on the guy and we really applaud him for doing that,” police spokesman Steve Hegarty said.
Which is probably why Martin was stunned to receive a letter in the mail informing him that he was being investigated and might be subject to disciplinary action.
“There was a stretch of time we did not hear from our transit supervisor so I mean we don’t know if his life could’ve been in danger something could’ve happened, so we needed to know what had happened around that stretch of time,” HART spokeswoman Sandra Morrison.
But that explanation did not satisfy Martin’s union representative, John Sholtes.
“What I understand is it was a heroic act and what I don’t understand is what there is to be disciplined for, it just doesn’t seem to make sense to us,” he told WFTS.
Fortunately, Martin’s bosses decided that no disciplinary action would be taken against him.
“There’s no disciplinary action going to be taken, we are going to be speaking to him just to make sure that if ever there’s an event like this in the future that there’s proper communication,” Morrisson said.
The criminal that started the entire incident, Kee was arrested and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, trespass after warning, resist with violence, battery on a licensed security guard and depriving a law enforcement officer of means to communicate/defend them self.
And as for Martin, he is set to be given an award for heroism by the Tampa police.
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