A Clearwater firefighter-paramedic was honored Wednesday at Tropicana Field for helping Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb when he was struck in the head with a line drive.
Steve Colbert, who has worked for the City of Clearwater since 1994, received the Liberty Mutual Firemark Award For Heroism before the Rays played the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field. He also got to spend time with Cobb.
Colbert was working off-duty with the St. Anthony’s medical team on June 15 when Cobb was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Colbert rushed to the mound to give aid to Cobb as he 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, who is assigned to Station 46 on the beach, will be considered as one of two 2013 national Firemark Award winner who will each received $10,000 for their fire departments.