At 7:00 pm, on Thursday, September 20, 2007, at the Haines City Commission meeting, 502 Hinson Avenue, Haines City, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office will recognize Bright House Networks, “Operation Bright Eyes,” employee Steve Lovette for his life-saving efforts.
Lovette was traveling to work on June 26, 2007, when he saw smoke billowing from a residence near Highway 17-92 in Haines City. Lovette was concerned for the safety of the residents and stopped to assist. He discovered a resident fighting the fire with a water hose. Upon finding out that the structure was actually a duplex and realizing the adjacent residence was at risk, he began knocking on the door. A young woman holding a baby answered and Lovette alerted them to the emergency and helped them evacuate the residence. Lovette further checked the residence to ensure no other potential victims were inside.
Operation Bright Eyes is a partnership between the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Bright House Networks. The program was implemented in June 2005. Bright House employees participated in training sessions that taught skills for identifying and reporting unusual and suspicious activity.
“Operation Bright Eyes and a conscientious volunteer made a difference for this family,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “First responders are not just law enforcement, fire, and rescue personnel, first responders are also Polk County’s residents.”
The media is invited to attend. Photo and interview opportunities will be made available.