About 40 people were evacuated this last christmas eve due to a fire at the Bonneville Hotel Apartments located in the downtown Idaho Falls area.
Reports showed that the fire left 20 to 30 people temporarily homeless and about ten people had to be treated for smoke inhalation and minor injuries.
This week, not one, but nine Idaho Falls officers are being honored for their efforts during the fire and keeping with the highest traditions of law enforcement. Summer Joy has more.
"It's nice to be recognized and it's nice to be able to have a story that you can pass down to your children and your grandchildren about what you did during your time as a police officer," said Sergeant David Frei.
Sergeant David Frei, along with Officer Gabe Klepich and Detective Lincoln McDonald, all received the commander's commendation for their initiative and dedication to the community. They were all off duty and assisted with the evacuation of victims and helped check numerous rooms to ensure the building was clear.
"It is important for the officers to know how much they are appreciated in the community and that's why I like to make these things as public as possible so that the community can relies how great these officers are and all the employees at the police department and give them a big thanks for what they do," said Idaho Falls Police Chief, Mark McBride.
Officer Bart Whiting received the Police Medal for carrying out numerous people, sometimes two at a time. Kyle Chritopherson was awarded for initiative and determination. Shawn Williams, Jose Hernandez, Kay Edwards, and Aaron Murdock were all honored for their professional efforts and lifesaving actions.
"It's nice to be recognized, but it's really nothing that these guys don't do all the time," added Sergeant Frei.
Chief mark McBride added that he knows all of his men would have done the same in their position and that his officers put their lives on the line every day and their goal is serve and protect the community while enforcing the law.