Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 10-087

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 8, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Deputy Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8094

    Deputy Saves Woman From Burning Building

    Quick thinking Deputy pulls elderly woman from burning building.
    • Sunday
    • March 7, 2010
    • Time: 3:37 AM
    • 12106 N. Boulevard
    • Tampa




    On March 7, 2010 at 3:37 a.m. HCSO received a 911 call from 12106 N Boulevard with an open line. While enroute, deputies received a second call indicating the 911 call was due to a house fire.


    Deputy Joe DeVore quickly arrived and found a single family home fully engulfed in flames and falling power lines. The house was equipped with burglar bars on all the windows and doors, leaving only the front door open.


    Deputy DeVore found two of the three occupants standing outside the residence suffering from smoke inhalation with a third resident still unaccounted for.


    Deputy DeVore stepped inside the doorway and through heavy smoke could see Robie Hurst, 71 who appeared unconscious and lying on the floor.  Deputy DeVore entered the burning home and through the heavy smoke and flames pulled Hurst out to safety.


    Additional deputies responded to the scene and noticed the home next door had also caught fire. Deputies woke those occupants and helped them evacuate their home.


    Hillsborough County Fire personnel who were already on scene quickly extinguished the second fire which only caused a small amount of damage to the home.


    Robie Hurst was taken to University Community Hospital where she was listed in stable condition. Rhonda O'Neal was taken to Tampa General Hospital and was listed in stable condition.


    The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.


    Deputy Joe DeVore's brave and heroic life saving actions will be submitted for an HCSO Life Saving Award.






    Hurst, Robie DOB 08/21/28

    12106 N Boulevard

    Tampa Fl, 33612


    O'Neal, Rhonda DOB02/16/53

    12106 N Boulevard

    Tampa Fl, 33612


    O'Neal, Malcolm DOB 09/23/83

    12106 N Boulevard

    Tampa Fl, 33612





    HCSO Deputy Joe DeVore 33 years old

    Hired June 2009

    Assigned District I


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