- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) - Three police officers in St. Albans, Vermont, have received the department’s highest honor for carrying out a man trapped in his home by a fire.

Sgt. Francis McCarty, Cpl. Paul Talley and Officer Keith Cote received the Medal of Valor on Wednesday, offered to those who show bravery or heroism beyond the normal demands of service.

They responded July 30 when Thomas Page, a double amputee, called 911 to report his apartment was on fire and he was trapped. Police Chief Gary Taylor said Page’s oxygen tank exploded, knocking all three officers off their feet near the front door. They got up and carried him out.

Another officer stayed with Page while the three re-entered to evacuate 11 others in the building.

The 72-year-old Page later died from his injuries.



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