Richmond police hero given Medal of Honor

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A member of Richmond Police Department was hailed as a hero in November after he ran into a burning home twice to save an elderly woman. Today Sergeant David Naoroz was given one of the highest awards the department can give -- the Medal of Honor.

It's been over two months since the fire and Naoroz says he's been overwhelmed by the amount of attention he's received. He says risking his life to save someone else is just part of the job but his fellow officers say he went above and beyond the call of duty.

It's hard to argue the term "hero" doesn't apply to Naoroz. Today this hero received a standing ovation as he received the Medal of Honor -- one of the highest awards the department can give.

"It's an honor," he said.  "It's quite an honor."

The Medal of Honor is given only to those brave officers that go above and beyond the call of duty, risking death or serious injury.

Naoroz says he remembers the events from that day better now that he's had some time to reflect on what happened. He says it was a dire situation from the moment he arrived on scene.

"When we get there you have neighbors coming out saying that they heard their neighbor scream upstairs," he said.  "But they hadn't heard her for the last several minutes."

That's when he sprung into action, battling thick flames and smoke, running into a burning home in November not once, but twice, to save an elderly woman.

"You just react," Naoroz said.  "Some aspects of training kick in as well as some thing I've never done before."

Naoroz says he wasn't trying to be a hero, he was just doing his job. Two months later he says he has no second thoughts about what he did.

"People ask if I would do it again, would ya and I think the answer, certainly in my heart, is yes," he said.  " It's one of those things where I just want to make my family proud at home and make my family proud at work."

Naoroz says he hasn't talked with the woman he saved that day but has heard from neighbors that she has moved in with other family members and is doing much better.

Two other officers were also recognized for their actions that day. Sergeant Jean-Guy LeGouffe and Officer Jill Simons both received the Life Saving Award.

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