Officers Samuel Hay and Brannon Heathman
Oceanside Police, CA
Nominated by Kevin Konczal
Officers Samuel Hay and Brannon Heathman responded to a house fire to assist the fire departments. The officers arrived before the fire department and found the garage fully engulfed in flames with no indication that the occupants had left.
Without any formal fire training or regard for their own safety, the officers entered the residence in search of the occupants. Through heavy smoke and heat which hindered their breathing, sight and orientation, the officers saved the lives of three people asleep in their beds.
Officers Hay and Heathman should be commended for their dedication to duty and bravery. Their actions saved the lives of three Oceanside residents who might otherwise have been killed by this fire.