On May 20, 2021 Southern Manatee Fire Rescue awarded the Life Saving Award to Felix Tacoronte.  On March 27, 2021 units were dispatched to a pediatric near drowning.  The child was reportedly submerged for over one minute.  Felix Tacoronte was a bystander at the pool and performed CPR on the child.  Lieutenant Hauck and Firefighter/Paramedic Velazquez arrived on scene and found the patient awake on the mother’s lap with an altered mental status.  Thanks to Felix’s efforts the child is alive today.

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