TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Two Indiana State Police Sergeants from the Putnamville District, members of the Terre Haute Police Department and members of Indiana State University Police Department were honored Wdnesday at the Indiana Government Center.
Sergeant Joe Watts and Sergeant Richard Effner were presented the Department Lifesaving Award for their actions during a fire in October in Terre Haute.
On Oct. 1 Watts was flagged down by a citizen for reports of heavy smoke coming from University Apartments off of Third Street. Watts immediately responded and observed heavy smoke coming from the third and fourth floors.
When other emergency personnel arrived, Watts along with Sergeant Effner, Indiana State University Police, Sergeant Jacqueline Smith, Corporal Brian Pierce, and Officers Christopher Heleine, and Jordan Gentry, and Terre Haute Police Department Officers Brent Stoelting and Kenny Fischer, entered the burning building from different points of entry to locate, warn, and extricate residents to safety.
As a direct result of each officer’s pro-active efforts to warn occupants in the burning building, all residents escaped without injury or loss of life prior to arrival of the Terre Haute Fire Department.
All officers involved are to be commended for their extraordinary conduct in saving the life of a fellow human being