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Cleveland police officers who rescued women honored

5:35 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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Officers credited with rescuing Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus were honored at a police union meeting Wednesday night.

Channel 3's Lynna Lai was there and brings you the story.

About a dozen Cleveland police officers who responded to 911 calls leading to three long-missing women have been applauded by rank-and-file members at a union hall event.

Four officers at the Wednesday event recounted the emotionally charged moments of finding the women at a home and realizing one who escaped and called 911 was Amanda Berry, who disappeared a decade earlier.

Officer Michael Tracy said he was shocked and excited when he realized it wasn't a hoax.

Officer Michael Simon said the house was dark and silent as authorities entered May 6. He wouldn't discuss details because he might be called as a witness at trial.

Homeowner Ariel Castro is accused of keeping the women captive for about a decade. His attorney says Castro will plead not guilty.

WKYC-TV/Associated Press

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