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Jan 3, 2012 11:30 PM by Maddie Garrett

Abbeville Police Honored for Heroic Rescue

In Abbeville, a daring rescue by police officers on Christmas Eve was recognized by the Mayor and Council Members.

Less than two weeks ago, a home on Charity Street caught fire. Abbeville Senior Patrol Officer Joshua J. Hebert said when they arrived on scene the back of the house was fully engulfed in flames and black smoke billowed from inside.

"Once we got there, there was a white elderly subject at the door screaming for help. He was covered in the smoke that was coming out of the house. He let us know that he didn't want to leave because his wife was still in the house," said Hebert.

He said what happened next wasn't the safest move, but a necessary one. He and two other officers ran inside to try and find the trapped woman.

"No, they highly suggest us not to. But I mean when the time comes for it, I'm willing to risk my life for anybody else's life," said Hebert.

The risk paid off. They found the woman in a wheelchair and carried her to safety, along with her husband.

Just over a week later, Senior Patrolman Austin Romero, Patrolman David Powers and Hebert were honored for their actions at a City Council Meeting. Each one said they were just doing their job.

"It feels good knowing we was able to save them, keep them alive. They were able to spend Christmas with their families and see New Years," said Romero.

A fourth honoree, firefighter Jeremy Broussard, also helped in the rescue. He was not able to attend Tuesday's meeting.

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