ALBANY, GA (WALB) - On Monday morning, Dougherty County Patrol Officer Byron Hill was recognized with an award, for saving a family of four from a fire on January 22.
"We wouldn't do anything out of the ordinary that we wouldn't do for someone else's family, as if we would do for our own," Hill said. "And, it's just a great humbling experience."
Hill noticed the fire while on routine patrol around 2:15 a.m. He then went in to alert Richard Strandburg, his wife Connie, 20 year old, Richard Jr. and 5 year old Steven Hatcher.
"We're very proud of him for doing that," Chief Cynthia Battle said. "We look at it as just, part of our job. But, you know, it's not always that you get the opportunity to save a life."
Chief Battle proudly handed out awards to three other Dougherty County Police officers, too.
Patrol Officer Victoria Snowden was named Support Person of the Year.
Corporal Shariff Fulcher was named Officer of the Year and Top Gun for highest score at the pistol range.
And, Lieutenant Chad Kirkpatrick, earned Officer of the Year through the DA's Office for the second time.
"[I'm humbled] To be recognized with other officers who, in my eyes, are always extraordinary. And, that lead by example."
Hill said neither he nor the other officers do their jobs for awards. He just hopes their good work helps show people how important first responders are to their communities.
"We face a lot of heckling and other hardships," Hill said. "And it's not just police officers. It's firefighters, EMS, doctors and nurses, as well. And, we really just want to be an example, not just for ourselves, but for our seniors and our youth. Because these are the next generation that have to take care of us. "