Fallen Tampa Police Officer Jesse Madsen, who sacrificed himself to save others from a wrong-way driver earlier this week, continues to be remembered by the community and fellow law enforcement officers, this time by a Hillsborough County deputy who said Madsen rescued him during a riot at University Mall last year.
During the riot at the University Mall in May of 2020, Hillsborough County Master Deputy William Scobie was hit in the head with a piece of concrete, which left him temporarily paralyzed. Madsen and another officer with TPD rushed to Scobie’s aid, carried him to the car and took him to the hospital, WFLA reports.
“While I was there, they began to throw rocks, bricks, fireworks at us,” Scobie said. “They lit a tree on fire and threw it at us. At one point, they began to rush our line of deputies and loot a store.”
Scobie said he took a large piece of concrete to the side of his neck after getting hit in the face with a beer bottle.
“There’s was no way they were going to get an ambulance to me, and there was no way a marked patrol car was going to be able to get out of that crowd,” Scobie said. “Because they were surrounding all the cars, they were smashing them with bricks and rocks.”
Scobie said Madsen laid him in the back seat of an unmarked patrol car, and stayed with him in the backseat on their way to the hospital. Scobie said Madsen kept him awake, making him laugh and keeping him company the whole ride there.