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349 Apollo Beach Boulevard
Apollo Beach, FL
Deputy Efrain Taveras
52 years of age / 12-year veteran
On October 10, 2017 at 4:31 p.m., deputies responded to the area of Apollo Beach Blvd. and Dickman Drive in reference to a missing/endangered autisticchild. Zachary Durante, 9 years old, had walked away from home through an unlocked front door. Deputies were circulating the area and a Safety Net page had been initiated, when Zachary, who does not know how to swim, was observed by Deputy Taveras in a retention pond nearby. Deputy Taveras immediately jumped into the pond, in full uniform, and pulled the child to safety. Thanks to Deputy Taveras' quick action, Zachary is safe and has been reunited with his family.