The North Miami Police Department’s “Officer of the Month” for January 2016 is Officer Robert Korland. Officer Korland is a 26-year veteran at the North Miami Police Department, assigned to the Uniform Patrol Section, Day Shift. He is being recognized for his hard work and dedication to the residents of North Miami. Officer Korland was nominated by Sergeant Rafael Estrugo for the following case: On Wednesday, December 30th, 2015, the caretaker of a residence in Keystone Point, Ms. Blanca Gonzalez, was asked by the owner, to check on his boat.
Ms. Gonzalez noticed that the boat was not properly secured on the boat lift and relayed this information to the owner. The owner requested that Ms. Gonzalez hop onto the boat lift so that she could use the electronic levers to secure the boat. Although Ms. Gonzalez could not swim, she reluctantly followed the owner’s instructions and hopped onto the boat lift to assist the owner. As she attempted to secure the boat, it suddenly dropped down into the water and Ms. Gonzalez fell between the boatlift and the wooden dock. Ms. Gonzalez began to panic and frantically dialed 911.
Officers were immediately dispatched in emergency mode to the residence. Officer Korland was the first officer to arrive on the scene. He knocked on the front door several times, but did not get an answer. As he made his way toward the rear of the residence, he observed Ms. Gonzalez wedged between the boat lift and the wooden dock. She was holding on to the dock’s gate with both of her arms wrapped around the gate. Officer Korland rushed to assist Ms. Gonzalez. Back-up officers that arrived moments later, aided in calming Ms. Gonzalez, who was visibly shaken up by the incident.
Ms. Gonzalez stated that, if it wasn’t for Officer Korland’s timely response, she may have fallen into the canal and drowned. She felt that Officer Korland saved her life and personally thanked him and the North Miami Police Department for their actions.
Officer Robert Korland was chosen as Officer of the Month for January 2016 and will be honored at the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon, held monthly at the Miami Shores Country Club, on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 12:00 Noon.