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Norton police officers honored with 'Distinguished Law Valor Award' by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

The award comes after the trio saved the lives of an elderly couple in a house fire.

NORTON, Ohio — On Monday, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost honored three Norton police officers for their heroic acts that saved the lives of two residents in a house fire less than a year ago.

Yost presented the Distinguished Law Valor Award to Norton Police Department officers Heather Bauer, Sean Conner and Michael Guarnieri.

The award comes after the trio saved the lives of an elderly couple in a house fire on Wooddale Drive in December of 2020. 

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When authorities responded to the scene, they were able to rescue two elderly people from inside the home, but unfortunately, the fire claimed the life of another family member.

"Every time they put that badge on, they are assuming the risk that they might not take it off," Yost said during the ceremony. "They might not come back. They are different then the rest of us, because when there is gunfire, a fire, they run toward the danger."

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Monday’s award ceremony took place at the Norton Safety and Administration building located at 4060 Columbia Woods Drive in Norton.

More information on this year’s Distinguished Law Valor Award recipients can be found here.

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