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Annual program to recognize Detroit first responders

November 5, 2019 GMT

DETROIT (AP) — Police officers, firefighters and paramedics in Detroit will be recognized for exceptional service to the community.

The annual Above and Beyond Awards ceremony is scheduled Wednesday at the MGM Grand in Detroit.

Those recognized will include 19 officers from the 5th and 9th precincts who helped evacuate more than 100 people on Sept. 23 from a burning apartment complex for the elderly. Detroit Emergency Medical Services Asst. Superintendent Joseph Barney said he arrived to see “a swarm” of officers “literally running into the building like a flood.” He added that their “actions certainly saved lives.”

Paramedics Justin Kidd and Madison Stitt will receive Medal of Valor awards. On May 8, they helped stop an attack by a pitbull on a 13-year-old girl.

The awards are presented by the Detroit Public Safety Foundation.