May 5, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Craig Daily Press "The gift of goodbye: Craig Police Department officers awarded for heroic actions during February fire"

Jerry Martin:
"When Craig Police Department officer Mike Edwards knocked on the door of a burning house on the night of Feb. 7, he didn’t expect anyone to answer.

“People were saying, ‘There’s nobody in there,’ but for some reason, with a car parked in the driveway, I didn’t know if there was anybody in the house,” said Edwards, a 10-year police veteran.

“I went up and knocked on the door and a guy from the inside said, ‘Come on in.’”

The man inside the house, 75-year-old Patrick Hunter, was trying to escape from a fire that was engulfing his home at 1912 Woodlawn, a fire that claimed the life of his ex-wife and live-in companion, Ursula Hunter.

Believing he saw Patrick's hand near the door, Edwards quickly conferred with Officer Lance Eldridge and Sergeant Corey Wagner, both of whom arrived on the scene seconds after him, before entering the burning building and pulling Patrick to the doorway.

The other two officers then moved him outside where he could receive medical attention. He was taken to The Memorial Hospital, where he died three days later. In recognition of their bravery, the three law enforcement officers were named Officers of the Year on Friday by the Colorado Law Enforcement Officers Association...."  (Read more?  Click title)

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