Attorney general names Franklin father and son officers of the year


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WMBB) — A pair of Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies were honored once again for their courage during the Eastpoint fire.

In June of 2018 after the order for deputies to retreat from the flames, due to zero visibility and the approaching fire, a call for help came for anyone in the area of Buck Street to attempt to locate and rescue a family of three trapped in a vehicle.

Sgt. Jeff Hewitt and Dep. Jared Hewitt (they are father and son) heard the call for help, and each arrived at the vehicle from opposite directions, at the same time. The front end of the vehicle was covered in flames, and Sgt. Hewitt and Dep. Hewitt worked to free the family from the truck and saved all three, including a four-year-old child.

The fire destroyed 36 homes and consumed more than 950 acres of land.

But, “due to the brave and selfless actions of Sgt. Hewitt and Dep. Hewitt, there were no casualties during this tragedy,” officials wrote.

“Courage and service must run in our award winners’ family. While others were fleeing, this father and son duo headed straight toward the flames,” Moody said. “Because of their bravery, an entire family was saved. I am proud to announce Sergeant Jeff Hewitt and Deputy Jared Hewitt as 2019’s Law Enforcement Officers of the Year.”

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Local News Video

Hidden History: Veterans

Thumbnail for the video titled "Hidden History: Veterans"

Bay County NAACP

Thumbnail for the video titled "Bay County NAACP"

Rosenwald High School garden program making a come back

Thumbnail for the video titled "Rosenwald High School garden program making a come back"

Lynn Haven receiving more FEMA reimbursements

Thumbnail for the video titled "Lynn Haven receiving more FEMA reimbursements"

CFO hosts Firefighter Coronavirus Preparedness Roundtable

Thumbnail for the video titled "CFO hosts Firefighter Coronavirus Preparedness Roundtable"
More Local News
Fill out my online form.