Firefighter and fiancee honored for police rescue
AVENTURA, Fla. (WSVN) -- A firefighter and his fiancee are being honored as heroes after they came to the rescue of an officer who was being attacked.
Aventura Police, city council and firefighters from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, were all present for a formal recognition to Regainne Georges and Michelle Thompson on Tuesday.
Georges and Thompson came to the rescue of Aventura Police Lieutenant Michael Bentolila as he was being brutally attacked. "It went from bad to worse very quickly," said Georges. "They guy was able to overpower Mr. Bentolila, and I jumped in to help."
Police said Jeramy Kiser attacked Bentolila and was going for his firearm in the shopping center along Biscayne and 211 Street, back in October. "When I approached him, he immediately got verbally aggressive with me and started to take a fighting stance," said Bentolila. "I was able to get my Taser out and actually Tased him, which, when I tried to get on my radio, I watched him as he reached into his chest and pulled both probes out, and that little voice in my head said, I'm in trouble."
As the seven-year veteran ran to help the officer, Thompson ran back to their car to get a retractable baton. "It was more of a second nature, when I saw him run I just kind of immediately stopped for a second and I just ran," said Thompson, "and then I realized halfway that I don't have anything, and I just ran to grab what I had in the car."
Bentolila is grateful Georges and Thompson was there to help. "There were so many people there and no one helped, no one called 911," he said.
The accused attacker is now in jail and faces several charges.
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