PCPD – Officer of the Year
Officer Jeffrey Hilsman
On November 11, 2014, the Plant City Police Department was dispatched to a structure fire. Upon arrival Officer James Burchett and Officer Jeffrey Hilsman rescued two young girls who were trapped in the residence which was engulfed in flames. The frantic young girls alerted the officers that their mother was being held against her will inside the burning residence.
The Officers located and attempted to provide an escape route for the Mother and a male subject from the burning residence. The man refused attempts to peacefully resolve the violent confrontation and pulled the woman away dragging her deeper into the fire. Upon determination that the woman’s life was in eminent danger, Officer Burchett ended the violent assault with a single shot. They were then able to remove her from the fire and get her medical attention.
The actions of Officers Burchett and Hilsman clearly demonstrated an exemplary level of professionalism and commitment to public service. Their training, team work, and tenacity enabled them to carry out such a daring rescue with clarity and precision.
Officer Jeffrey Hilsman began his career with the Plant City Police Department on July 23, 2012 as a Patrol Officer. He currently assigned to the Patrol and Information Services Divisions and serves in the USAF Reserve. He obtained his Law Enforcement certification through HCC, and is currently working toward degrees in Criminal Justice and Electronic Systems Technology. Prior to starting with the Plant City Police Department, he served five years as a Reserve Deputy with the HCSO. Officer Hilsman has been married for 12 years and has three children.