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Medal of Valor Awarded to WCSO Corporal Glaze

WALKER COUNTY, TX– On Wednesday, April 19, 2023, Walker County Sheriff’s Office awarded Corporal Sylvester Glaze with the Medal of Valor.

The Medal of Valor may be awarded to employees who intelligently, and in the line of duty, distinguish themselves by the performance of an act of courage involving the risk of imminent danger to their life, with the knowledge of the risk, above and beyond the call of duty. Such an act must have been performed for the purpose of saving or protecting human life.

On Friday February 24, 2023, at approximately 12:30AM, Walker County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a residential fire to assist residents at the 700 block of FM 247. Upon Corporal Glaze’s arrival he observed a wooden house engulfed in flames with smoke rolling out of the eves and front doorway. Corporal Glaze observed a female standing inside near the front door of the residence and without hesitation he went towards the female. With vast amount of thick smoke Corporal Glaze made it to where the female was standing and that is when the female advised Corporal Glaze that her husband was still inside the house. Corporal Glaze was able to observe a male laying on the floor and was able to drag him out of the residence into safety.

Emergency personnel advised that the heat from the fire along with the smoke could take a very short time for someone to become incapacitated. EMS personnel believed that if they had stayed in the residence with that amount of smoke they would have been seriously injured or worse, yet that day no one was transported to receive medial attention.

“If it wasn’t for the Deputy I don’t think my husband and I would have made it. I wouldn’t have left my husband. Looking back, I don’t think I could have lifted my husband. We mostly likely would have both perished…. We truly are grateful to the Deputy, and with all that is within us say Thank you! He wasn’t a fireman, it wasn’t his job, but yet he ran into a house on fire to rescue this old woman and unknowingly my husband and two dogs in the process. He’s a Hero in our book we are forever grateful.”

(WCSO Media Release)

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