Whitley County firefighters receive new statewide life-saving award

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Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Life-Saving Award

Two Whitley County volunteer firefighters and a deputy sheriff are being honored with a new statewide life-saving award for saving a woman and her husband from a burning car.

Thorncreek Township Fire Department chief Greg Green and firefighter Adam Hurley, as well as Whitley County Deputy Sheriff Scott Schmidt, each received a Life-Saving Award from the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association Monday night.

The award was created over the summer. Green, Hurley, and Schmidt are the first in the state to receive it.

They saved Helen Braden and her husband from a burning car on State Road 109 in Whitley County in February. Their car lost control on the icy road, crashed and went up in flames.

Green, Hurley, Schmidt and a few other emergency responders pulled the trapped couple out of the burning car. They got her to safety moments before the car was fully engulfed in flames.    

Twenty percent of Braden’s body is burned and 17 bones were broken.

Seeing these firefighters honored is just another step in her physical and emotional recovery.

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