April 12, 2011
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After completing his work day on April 5, 2011, Correctional Probation Senior Officer (CPSO) Scotty Scrivens returned to the Inverness Probation Office in Citrus county to retrieve his forgotten house keys. It was 5:40 pm and he had no idea how his First Responder training was about to be tested.
Officer Scrivens heard three loud “booms” followed by the sound of several young girls screaming. He dashed out of the office onto the busy highway to find a wrecked and smoking SUV with five passengers inside. The SUV had flipped over seven times before coming to a stop just west of the Probation Office on Highway 41. The 13-year Department of Corrections veteran said his mind immediately went into “First Responder” mode. He rushed to pull the first child from the vehicle, a 12-year-old girl, and placed her on the sidewalk. He hurriedly rescued a second girl, a nine year old, before running back to the car where a screaming six-year-old was entangled in her seat belt. Scrivens freed her and placed her on the sidewalk with the other girls, out of harm’s way.
He returned again to the vehicle where the unconscious parents were trapped in the front seat. He checked the father’s pulse and noticed that he had begun to breathe. The mother appeared to be in shock and was bleeding badly. Scrivens held the mother to keep her stabilized until the paramedics and rescue squad arrived with the “Jaws of life” to free the couple from the wreckage.
Unsung heroes are born every day and we are so proud to have a hero like Officer Scotty Scrivens working for the Florida Department of Corrections. He was the right person, in the right place, at the right time. Thank you Scotty for a job well done!