Officers Jesse Hamilton, Christine Hedmann and Jose Souto were given the department’s Life Saving Award at Thursday’s Canton City Council meeting.
The award is one the of highest honors an officer can receive for any act or deed where they put themselves in harm’s way to save someone’s life.
The three officers received the award for responding to a residential fire on Marietta Highway, just outside the Cherokee County jurisdiction.
But that did not stop the Canton officers from helping a disabled man still inside the residence.
The officers received permission from the on-duty supervisor Sgt. Rodney Campbell to continue to the call and provide assistance.
After arriving at the home, they forced entry into the house and located the victim, R. J. Burge, in the back room sitting on the couch, despite the black smoke.
Although the officers lifted the man into the wheelchair, they couldn’t maneuver it in a timely manner.
Instead, they picked up the man in the chair and carried him outside.
Burge was treated for minor injuries by the Cherokee County EMS.
Hamilton, Hedmann and Souto were presented with the award and medals during the meeting by Chief Robert Merchant.