I thought I was dead. John reassured me that I will be ok.
Shanon Cheney was walking her dog near the beach in May of this year when she was struck by a vehicle. Community Service Officer John Boylston was the first person on the scene.
Shannon literally had broken bones from head to toe. She was rushed to the trauma center in Delray for emergency surgery.
He never once left my side. He wasn't just doing his job; he made me feel that this was personal, as if I were his daughter.
Cleaning out road rash is an extremely painful ordeal. John stayed with Shannon throughout the entire process.
John stood by my side even while my boyfriend and family arrived and he held my hand the entire time that I screamed and cried in such agony.
After the surgery, Shannon was moved to the ICU. John went to check on her the next day.
After four weeks of therapy, Shannon and her mom just had to grab an iced coffee following a doctor's visit. She saw John in the parking lot. Tears were shared.
He ran over to me and gave me the biggest hug ever...I can't thank him enough for doing his job and being my hero that day.
It was an honor to present John with the Civilian of the Month Award, with Shanon and her mother present. We all realize that John wasn't just "doing his job."
John and Shannon exemplified outstanding service and true courage. It's great to see real examples of what "Above and Beyond" truly means.