Red Wing officers recognized for fire rescue
Two Red Wing police officers were presented with Minnesota Public Safety Service Awards Thursday evening for helping rescue a family from a burning building last January.
Officer David Addleman received an Award of Honor, which is given for acting in conditions with a "clear and present danger to personal safety."
Officer Adam Crain was given an Award of Merit, which is given for an "excellent and unusual accomplishment."
"To be recognized at a state-level banquet like this is quite an honor for Addleman and Crain," Chief Roger Pohlman said.
Former Chief Tim Sletten nominated the officers for the award before his retirement, Pohlman said.
On Jan. 14, Crain responded to a domestic call at an apartment building located at 407 Green St. As he was leaving the scene, a resident approached him and said there was smoke in the building.
Crain called for an ambulance and with firefighter Adam Rhode tried to enter the building, but were overwhelmed by smoke.
When Addleman arrived, another resident told him that a family might still be in the building. Addleman entered the building and located the third-floor apartment. When the family didn't respond to his knocking, he kicked in the door, and found a man, woman and their young son asleep and unaware of the fire.
Addleman carried the boy out of the building while the parents followed. A short time later, flames engulfed the building.
"The actions of officers Crain and Addleman, along with responding firefighters and paramedics, directly contributed to the safety of apartment residents and that no lives were lost," Pohlman said.
At the banquet in Brooklyn Center, Minn., Thursday, the Red Wing officers -- along with 31 other Minnesotans -- were presented their awards. Keynote speaker was Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman.
"She showed great appreciation of the efforts of the award recipients," said Capt. Darold Glander, who attended the banquet.
The Minnesota Public Safety Awards are sponsored by North Memorial Medical Center and have been given out annually since 1984. This is the first year Red Wing officers have received the award.
Schneider also honored
Lake City police officer Shawn Schneider posthumously received an Award of Valor at the annual Minnesota Public Safety Service Awards Dinner Thursday.
Schneider was shot while responding to a domestic dispute between a 17-year-old girl and her boyfriend in Lake City Dec. 19, 2011. He was able to get the girl to safety, but died from his injuries several days later.
The valor award is given for "persistent and continued application to duty after having been injured."
Schneider's widow, Brittany, accepted the award.