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Portsmouth medic, state trooper get Va. honors
PilotOnline.com ^ | September 9, 2010 | Lauren King

Posted on 09/08/2010 10:45:10 PM PDT by UncleHambone

A Portsmouth tactical team medic and a Virginia State Police trooper, who rescued a child on the Eastern Shore, were honored Wednesday by the governor with a Meritorious Service Medal and a Medal of Valor.

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Yates was honored with a Meritorious Service Medal for treating two other Portsmouth officers while under fire during a stand-off on Feb. 27, 2009 in Churchland. While on the scene, the man barricaded inside fired on the officers, seriously wounding two.

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Johnson was recognized with a Medal of Valor for his rescue of a 15-month-old child who was trapped in a burning, overturned vehicle on Feb. 6, 2009 on U.S. 13 in Accomack County. Johnson saw the vehicle fire in the distance. The driver had escaped with her two older children, but she was unable to retrieve her baby, who was the child under the dashboard of the overturned vehicle.

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Townshend was leaving his home in Alexandria on March 13, 2009, when he saw flames coming from the kitchen window of his brother’s house next door. He tried to enter the house through the front door, but was unable because of the intense smoke. He entered through a bedroom window, crawled on the floor and called for his brother to follow his voice. He found his 6-foot-tall, 230-pound brother, grabbed him under his arms from behind and pulled him to the broken bedroom window, protecting him with his own body from the shattered glass.

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(Excerpt) Read more at hamptonroads.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: award; firerescue; police
Portsmouth is blessed to have such selfless heroes.
1 posted on 09/08/2010 10:45:13 PM PDT by UncleHambone
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Wow, I didn't know you were allowed to post anything positive about the police on Free Republic.
2 posted on 09/08/2010 10:54:14 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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