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Porter police Officer Larry LaFlower, from left, Assistant Porter Police Chief Todd Allen

and Assistant Porter Fire Chief Jay Craig attend the meeting to honor Laflower and Craig.


Two are honored for rescuing woman, 85, from residence fire

By Ken Kosky Thursday, March 18, 2010


PORTER | Two emergency responders who pulled an elderly woman from her burning home on Feb. 16 were honored at Tuesday's Porter Police Commission meeting.

The rescuers -- Assistant Porter Fire Chief Jay Craig and Porter police Officer Larry LaFlower -- were issued Life Saving Awards. Police commissioners and a spokesperson from the family thanked Craig and LaFlower at the meeting.

Craig and LaFlower were honored for going beyond the call of duty by entering the woman's smoke-filled home without breathing apparatuses and without regard to their own safety.

"I was really impressed," Porter police Chief Jamie Spanier said of the men's actions.

The men rescued Shirley Skeds, 85, from her home on east Oakhill Road just moments before thick black smoke would have enveloped her. Skeds' caregiver had dragged the wheelchair-bound Skeds most of the way through the home, but could not get her all the way out.

Craig rushed in, grabbed the woman, pulled her the last 10 to 15 feet to the doorway area, where LaFlower helped get her to an ambulance. Skeds and her caregiver were treated for smoke inhalation. Craig and LaFlower also took in some smoke during the rescue.

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