Two Okaloosa County Employees Honored with HERO Award

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) Tammy Franklin and Richea Driskell were recognized with a HERO Award at the September 18 Okaloosa County Commission meeting.

The HERO Award, (Humanitarian Efforts Recognized by Okaloosa County), recognizes a deed, act or event in which an employee not only goes beyond the scope of what his or her job entails, but has done something of a humanitarian or heroic nature.

Franklin and Driskell have been recognized for their heroic treatment of a patient while at the same time being stung by yellow jackets. “Both Tammy and Richea are to be commended for reacting in a challenging, rapid rescue in a most hazardous environment,” said Public Safety Director Dino Villani.

The HERO Award can include acts occurring outside work hours and submissions by people outside Okaloosa County staff. Above and Beyond forms are available online at or you may contact 311 Citizen Information Line for more information or to recognize an Okaloosa County employee.

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