Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy awarded by Governor Scott

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Deputy Willie Finklea was awarded the Medal of Heroism by Governor Rick Scott. 

Deputy Finklea helped saved a couple trapped in a car on August 8, 2017. He was off-duty when observing the couple trapped inside the vehicle on Mocassin Wallow Road with smoke pouring out. 

He used his pistol to shoot the glass in the rear window and then kicked the glass out using his foot. 

Once he removed the couple safely, the car became engulfed in flames. 

The couple was not injured. 

Deputy Finklea receive his award at the Florida Cabinet meeting in Tallahassee on Thursday, December 14.