Dep. Anthony Monforte of North Lauderdale is nothing short of a true
hero. He earned that distinction on August 7th, 2004, when he helped
save the lives of 23 children involved in a tragic church bus accident
along the Florida Turnpike. For his efforts, he was recently honored with
the Red Cross Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, Turnpike’s
Act of Heroism Award as well as a Florida Highway Patrol Certificate of
Dep. Monforte was on his way to work that night
when he was flagged down by people standing in the
southbound lanes of the turnpike. They told him that a
bus full of children had crashed into a canal alongside
the road and was fully submerged. Wasting no time,
Dep. Monforte dove into the murky water to try to save
the children. He found an emergency escape hatch on
the top of the bus and — with the help of some other
Good Samaritans, pulled several children to safety. He also
coordinated the formation of a chain to help rescue the other
children. As if that weren’t enough, he also helped perform
CPR on two children who
had stopped breathing and
was instrumental in reviving
While three children died
in that accident, nearly two
dozen more were saved
thanks in great part to Dep.
Monforte’s heroic actions.
In addition to the honors
received from the Florida
Turnpike and Florida
Highway Patrol, Dep.
Monforte was named his district’s Employee of the Month in August 2004
and Sheriff Ken Jenne presented him with a Gold Cross Award during a
recent awards ceremony.
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Deputy a Lifesaver ... Literally
Dep. Anthony Monforte Honored for Helping Save 23 Drowning Children Aboard Church Bus
13 BSO Briefs
2 Message From
7 BSO Stars for
Dep. Monforte (holding award) poses with BSO’s North
Lauderdale district Executive Officer Lt. James Fondo (left
to right), Chief Lou Cavallo, North Lauderdale Mayor Jack
Brady and Chief Tony Varona of DLE Management.
Dep. Monforte’s award is well deserved.