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Kettering Police Officer Receives Medal of Valor for Rescue Efforts
KETTERING-- A police officer injured while trying to save a family from a house fire was honored in front of Kettering City Council and his peers.
Officer John P. Jung was given the Medal of Valor on Tuesday night, making it the only the third time an officer from Kettering has received the award since 1955.
"It's an honor, I'm humbled by it," Jung said after the ceremony, "We don't usually get recognized for much."
On the night of December 11th, 2013, Jung was the first to the scene of a massive house fire on Craig Drive.
Investigators found the bodies of Alicia Mobley and her two young sons inside.
Jung ran inside to pull 76 year old Forrest Mobley out. Mobley died outside the home, but Jung's effort is what the city of Kettering is recognizing him for.
"I mean I'd be lying if I said I wasn't scared. It was intense," Jung said recalling the incident. "It's an event that I'm not comfortable talking about or thinking about too much. It's tough to have those memories come back."
Surviving family members submitted a letter to Kettering thanking officer Jung for his actions. It was read in front of a council chamber packed with Jung's family and peers.
"Just the quality of man that he is that's just huge," said Kettering Lieutenant Craig Moore. "To know he was willing to make that sacrifice for our residents, put himself last and this person first, its just extremely humbling and it's an honor to know him."
Jung was grateful for the award, and that it will remind him of what's important.
He also said he is not a hero.
"Anyone of the guys that's wearing the same uniform as me would have done the same thing. I was the first one there that's why I am where I am right now."
KETTERING -- City council on Tuesday plans to honor Police Officer John P. Jung for his efforts during a fatal fire.
According to Kettering police, Jung was dispatched December 12 to a house fire at 1963 Craig Drive. When he arrived, the home and a vehicle were full engulfed in flames and an older man was lying on the ground near the burning building.
The intense flames repeated prevented Jung from reaching the man, who eventually died.
Police say Jung went so far as to douse himself in snow to treat his burns so he could continue rescue attempts.
"Although his efforts were futile, he exhibited extraordinary selflessness and bravery during the fire," a Kettering Police Department news release states. "Witnesses reported seeing his rescue attempts as heroic. Officer Jung's quick thinking, ability to improvise and putting his own life in extreme danger while attempting to save another, will be awarded the highest commendation."
Police Chief James O'Dell will present to Jung the highest commendation from the police department. The Medal of Valor is awarded for an act that involves extreme risk to the life of an employee and which is performed above and beyond the call of duty.
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