Three Claremore police officers were recognized for acts of valor last week by Police Chief Stan Brown before the Claremore City Council.
Officer Brian Burnett received the Life Saver Award for a situation in October that got quite a bit of local media coverage.
Burnett was sitting in the parking lot out by the golf course, doing some reports, when a young woman came up to him, crying with a baby in her arms.
The child was not breathing, so Burnett sprang into action and performed infant CPR.
“Medical experts told us that if he hadn’t interacted with the child in the way that he did, they possibly would have lost their life or had a diminished quality of life,” Brown said.
On Dec. 9, officers Bobby Hagen and Nate Turman responded to a structure fire in the Valley View neighborhood, for which the men received the Bravery and Valor Award.
The men responded to a call that two people, one of whom was a child, were trapped in a burning building.
Despite not being trained or instructed to do so, “instinctively, and as parents themselves … they made entry into the residence looking for the child,” Brown said.
They crawled through the house looking for the child before someone notified them that the whole household had been safely evacuated.
“Those officers were willing to pay the ultimate price in their duties that day,” Brown said. “For their actions that day, we recognize them for bravery and valor.”
“Your men and women at the Claremore Police Department are doing a great job, and we appreciate your support,” Brown said.