2 Va. Beach firefighters receive Public Safety Medal of Valor

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 15 at 1:36 PM

WASHINGTON, DC - Two Virginia Beach firefighters who risked their lives to save a baby and 73-year-old woman from fire are among the 18 people who’ll receive the Medal of Valor from Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday.

It's the nation's highest honor for public safety officers and recognizes those who risk their own safety to save or protect others.

Captain William Reynolds and Firefighter Hope Scott responded to a house fire October 12, 2010.  Two people were on the porch roof screaming that the baby and great grandmother were still inside.

The two went inside without the protection of a fire hose - a tactic known as Vent-Enter-Search.

They found the baby, not breathing, on a mattress on the floor and the 73-year-old great grandmother lying on the stairs leading to the second floor.

Both were removed from the home and resuscitation efforts started immediately. The infant has made a full recovery without any major medical issues or deficits, fire officials said Wednesday.

The 73-year-old great grandmother died from her injuries three days later.

The city says Captain Reynolds and Firefighter Scott's fast, decisive actions and disregard for their own safety truly resulted in the saving of the life of a young infant who would have succumbed from the smoke and fire if not for their brave actions.

The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. Click here to watch it live.

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