The ceremony was held at the Cedartown Fire Department, and Fire Chief Sammy Stephens awarded Kyle Watters and Lance Green with commendations of valor in the presence of family and friends.
On Jan. 12, Watters and Green were at Pirkle’s Automotive at 208 West Avenue when they heard reports of the nearby fire on Prior St. The two men approached the smoking structure to see the owner Phillip Thompson near the home.
He explained that he came out the front door, but his father, Hal Thompson, was still trapped inside after trying to exit through the back. Watters and Green could hear the 84-year-old and determined that he was located in the kitchen.
The two off-duty firefighters then went into the home through the back door in plain clothes and pulled out the injured man. Stephens said that neither man was equipped with turn out gear of any kind. The two men suffered from smoke inhalation, but were treated on scene and cleared.
Stephens said that the injured Thompson will be released from the hospital this Thursday, Feb. 18.
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