CLEARWATER – A longtime firefighter-paramedic who works for Clearwater Fire & Rescue was honored on Aug. 28 at Tropicana Field for his efforts in giving medical assistance to a partner who had been hit in the head by a line drive.
Steve Colbert, who has worked for the city since 1994, received the Liberty Mutual Firemark Award for Heroism on the field before the Tampa Bay Rays played the Los Angeles Angels.
Colbert was working off-duty as a member of the St. Anthony’s medical team on June 15 when Alex Cobb was hit by the line drive. Colbert rushed to the mound to give aid to Cobb as the pitcher lay on the field.
“As a direct result of Steve’s actions, authority and ability to remain calm in those very tense moments, the medical team was able to effectively mobilize and prepare Alex for transport to the hospital,” representatives of Liberty Mutual said.
Colbert met Cobb again Wednesday night on the field under much better circumstances. He is currently assigned to Station 46 on the beach.
“What Steve did for Alex Cobb at the game that night is something he has done numerous times for the citizens of Clearwater during his 18 years as one of our leading paramedics,” said Ron Gemsheim, assistant chief for health and safety for Clearwater Fire & Rescue. “We as a department are very proud, but not surprised, of Steve’s actions that evening.”
As a local Liberty Mutual Firemark Award winner, Colbert will be considered for the 2013 national award. Two national winners will each receive a $10,000 grant from Liberty Mutual for their fire departments.