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Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management Waste Truck Driver recognized by Mayor Gimenez, Board of County Commissioners for saving police officer's life

From homeless to hero, Christopher Cummings declares “God gave me a second chance”

MIAMI (April 05, 2017)

Christopher Cummings, Waste Truck Driver for the Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM), believes God put him in the right place at the right time on March 21. Not only was it his birthday, but it was the day he would help pull an injured Miami-Dade police officer out of his wrecked vehicle.

“God gave me life on this day, and I was helping a life, you know?” Mr. Cummings said.

Mr. Cummings was working his route March 21 when he saw a car accident involving a police officer happen right in front of him, near the area of NW 87th Street and NW 18th Avenue. He stopped and removed the trapped officer from the wrecked police cruiser.

For his actions on that fateful day, Mr. Cummings was recognized recently by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, and Miami-Dade Police Department Director Juan Perez.

"Your heroic efforts in pulling an injured police officer out of his vehicle after a horrific car accident not only saved a life but also served as an example for others to follow," Mayor Gimenez told Mr. Cummings, as those in attendance honored him with a standing ovation.

A visibly emotional Cummings related to the audience how he had been homeless two decades ago before turning his life around after finding God.

“Twenty years ago, God gave me a second chance,” Mr. Cummings said through tears as the audience applauded.

Mr. Cummings has worked for DSWM for 17 years.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For a high-resolution photo of Mr. Cummings receiving his recognition at the Board of County Commission Chambers, please send an email to fcald@miamidade.gov. Additionally, Mr. Cummings lives in North Miami Beach FL (33162 Zip code).