Author: First Coast News Staff
A Jacksonville woman was awarded a full scholarship as a way to thank her for a heroic act of bravery that helped saved the life of a JFRD firefighter last year.
On Monday, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, UF Health, Mayor Lenny Curry and representatives with Florida State College at Jacksonville took the stage to present UF Health security guard, Davay Kinsey, with the all-inclusive scholarship.
On Oct. 8, 2019 around 10 p.m., police say firefighters responded to 888 Franklin Street to aid a man after he said was suffering from pain in his kidneys.
While the man was being taken to the hospital, he aggressive towards JFRD Captain Norris and took a box cutter from Norris' pocket and began stabbing him in the upper chest and abdominal area.
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After JFRD Engineer Harper heard the commotion going on in the back of the vehicle, he stopped the truck to try and assist Norris. While assisting Norris, Harper was stabbed in the inner thigh of his right leg.
Police responded to the scene and took the man into custody.
A UF Health security guard named Davay Kinsey transported Norris via golf cart to the hospital with a collapsed lung and substantial blood loss, Powers said.
"What I witnessed was just unreal," Kinsey recalled. "JFRD was doing their best to try and subdue and control the patient inside the unit. The only thing that I saw was Captain Norris just bleeding profusely at his abdomen and from his shirt. I knew that the first thing was to make sure everything was safe, and once they got control of that patient, my first instinct was just to get Captain Norris on my golf cart and just take him straight to the trauma unit."
Representatives congratulated Kinsey for her bravery and offered her a full-ride scholarship to the fire academy at Florida State College at Jacksonville.