Flagler Beach Police officer Dylan Coffman has been awarded the Flagler Beach Police Department Medal of Merit for rescuing two people caught in a rip current in September.
Mayor Suzie Johnston and Flagler Beach Police Deputy Chief Lance Blanchette presented the medal to Coffman Coffman at an Oct. 26 Flagler Beach City Commission.
On Sept. 19, Coffman was driving along State Road A1A near Tortugas Florida Kitchen & Bar at approximately 5:43 p.m. when he heard a dispatch call about two swimmers in distress near his location.
Coffman grabbed his department-issued “rescue can,” leaped over the boardwalk and dove into action.
“You never hesitated,” Blanchette said. “Your focus was that only of public safety first, and you did so with little to no regard for your own personal safety.”
Coffman’s actions helped save the lives of two people who were caught in a potentially deadly rip current, Blanchette said.
“You went above and beyond the call of duty,” Blanchette said. “Your selfless act … is a testament to your dedication to public safety.”