Pensacola Special Agent Recognized with Life Saving Medal

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Commissioner Gerald Bailey yesterday recognized Special Agent (SA) Eli Lawson with the Life Saving Medal. SA Lawson is a member of the FDLE Pensacola Regional Operations Center’s general investigations squad. He was presented with the distinction at a ceremony at FDLE Headquarters.

“I’m proud of Special Agent Lawson for stepping in without hesitation,” said Commissioner Bailey. “His training and quick thinking saved this gentleman’s life.”

On August 20, 2009 at approximately 8 p.m., SA Lawson observed a man in a wheelchair choking on food inside the Outback Steakhouse restaurant located at 3125 SW College Road in Ocala, Fla. SA Lawson pulled the man from his wheelchair and dislodged the obstruction to the man’s windpipe by administering the Heimlich maneuver. Emergency personnel arrived minutes later and determined the man to be in good condition.

SA Lawson joined FDLE in 1997 as a criminal history records processor for the Criminal Justice Information Services Program. He was sworn in as a special agent in 2001 and served in the Miami region until 2004. SA Lawson is currently assigned to the Pensacola region where he investigates cold case homicide, public integrity, officer-involved shooting and mortgage fraud cases.

SA Lawson is the fifth FDLE member to receive the Life Saving Medal. The medal is part of the FDLE Commendation Medal Program which was established in 2007 to recognize members for acts of heroism, bravery, and exemplary accomplishment. The Life Saving Medal is presented to any member of the Department who, through his or her actions in the course of duty, renders assistance to a person whose life is in immediate jeopardy and with such actions, saves that person’s life.

For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith, Kristen Chernosky or Mike Morrison
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001