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Local heroes awarded for saving lives

ORWELL-Just prior to it regular monthly business meeting Oct. 5, volunteer members of the Orwell Fire Department proudly awarded four local heroes the department's Medal of Honor citation for their selfless acts of valor. The individuals safely removed injured occupants from a burning vehicle on the evening of Sept. 18 in Orwell.

In the company of fellow firefighters, Vermont State Police troopers, family members and relatives of the individuals rescued, Chief Louis Hall made the presentations. Hall said that had it not been for the swift efforts of the four volunteers, the results would have been tragic.

During the special night for recognition, Hall also awarded retiring firefighter Les Myers a 20-year badge plaque and also presented retiring firefighter Walter Bonner with a special firefighter presentation book for his years of service to the Orwell community.

Hall also mentioned the previous acknowledgments of several current firefighters including Roger Young, Sandy Korda, and Second Assistant Chief Jim Booska.

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