WATCH: Hero M-D Cop Gets Gym Renamed After Him

A Miami-Dade police officer known for stopping a potential disaster at Miami International Airport will now always be known for helping other offices prepare to protect the facility.

On October 29, 2013, Officer Mario Gutierrez prevented a man from setting fire to a gas station across from the runways and terminals.

Gutierrez activated the station’s emergency shut-off valve.He ended up in a fight with the accused would-be arsonist and was seriously injured. 

Today the Miami-Dade Police Department Airport District gymnasium was renamed in honor of Gutierrez.

Last year he was one of 13 law enforcement officers nationwide to receive the Medal of Valor.

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