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Heath public safety officer commended for saving life of fellow officer

City of Heath Public Safety Officer Tyler Young (right) has received a Public Safety Commendation Award from the City in recognition of his outstanding performance during a structure fire in 2010.

According to Heath DPS Chief Terry Garrett, who presented the award, “Officer Young’s brave and immediate actions during the fire were instrumental in saving the life of a fellow officer.”

“His colleague became trapped and faced grave danger due to a flashover event within the property.”

Garrett said Young freed the officer, helped him escape the burning property, and immediately began rendering first aid.

“Once the officer was stabilized and transported to the hospital, Officer Young continued his duties on the fire ground for an additional eight hours before being relieved,” said the Chief.

“The composure and skill he demonstrated throughout the incident exemplified the characteristics of a superior public safety professional.”

Young has been a Heath DPS officer since July, 2009.

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