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Metropolis Police Officers Receive Valor Award
By West Kentucky Star Staff
METROPOLIS, IL - Two Metropolis police officers have been recognized by the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge with a Valor Award for rescuing a woman from a burning building on March 17th.

Sergeant Carl Manley and Officer Dan Austin were among the first responders on the scene of a house fire on East Second Street in Metropolis. Adam Kommer, who had made it out of the fire with his son, told Sergeant Manley that his wife, Lasha, was still trapped inside the burning home.

Manley broke out a window, located Kommer's unconscious wife, and with Officer Austin's help, pulled her badly burned body to safety just as fire fully engulfed the room where she was. The officers administered life-saving procedures to restore her breathing until an ambulance arrived. Manley and Austin are credited with saving Lasha Kommer's life.

"These two officers didn't think twice about their own safety, they only realized that a fellow human being was in mortal danger and they rushed to her rescue," said FOP State Lodge President Chris Southwood. "Their courage saved a woman's life and is a prime example of the police motto, to serve and protect."



Published 05:02 PM, Thursday May. 10, 2018
Updated 09:10 PM, Friday May. 11, 2018

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