An Ocala Police officer who saved a man from a burning home last month received a special honor Tuesday at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.
Officer Jordan Pagano was honored with the 2019-20 Florida Police Chiefs Association Lifesaving Award. He received a standing ovation from Councilmembers, city staff and members of the audience for his heroic actions. The award was presented by the FPCA Region 17 assistance director, High Springs Police Chief Antoine Sheppard.
Pagano responded to a 911 call in early January about a possible house fire in the 900 block of N.W. 9th Street. When the rookie officer arrived, he found a 62-year-old man inside the home, which was engulfed in flames. Pagano pulled the man to safety and stayed with him until an ambulance arrived. The man was then transported to UF Health Shands Hospital after suffering burns on his hand and smoke inhalation, a report states.