Hillsborough Deputy Douglas Duvall awarded Medal of Heroism after saving man from Seffner sinkhole

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Gov. Rick Scott (left) awards Hillsborough Deputy Douglas Duvall (center) with the Medal of Heroism.


Tallahassee, Florida -- A Hillsborough County deputy who is credited with saving a man's life after a sinkhole opened up under a home in Seffner is getting special recognition from the Capitol.

Governor Rick Scott awarded Deputy Douglas Duvall with the Medal of Heroism on Thursday. Deputy Duvall was the first person on scene last March, as a sinkhole swallowed a home, with two brothers inside.  

He reached down the hole, grabbed Jeremy Bush and pulled him out as the ground was collapsing. Sadly, Jeremy's brother Jeff died in the hole.

See Also: Man tells tale of rushing to save brother from sinkhole

Deputy Duvall is also an Army veteran who was previously awarded a Purple Heart.

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