|L to r: APD Officer Christian, Officer Butler, Officer Barth.|
A medal of valor is awarded to a police officer for an exceptionally courageous act where the officer had prior knowledge of the physical risk and dangers involved. The officers and a civilian, John Lameroux, ran to the burning aircraft to extinguish the flames and extricate two occupants. They were able to free the occupants and pull them to a safe location. Tragically, the occupants did not survive, but the officers and the civilian worked heroically to rescue the individuals from a volatile and dangerous event.
The presentation to the APD officers is being made today, May 9, on Police Memorial Day.