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      Amarillo Officers Awarded Medal of Valor

      Cpl. Caleb Finsterwald, Chief Robert Taylor, and Officer Dustin Glick with the Medal of Valor.

      AMARILLO - Two Amarillo Police officers have been awarded for their efforts to rescue an area woman depsite putting their own lives in danger.

      On December 11th, 2013 Amarillo Police Officers responded to a vehicle accident near Interstate 40 and Soncy.

      Upon arrival the officers discovered a vehicle fully engulfed in flames and a grass fire around the vehicle.

      Two officers apporached the vehicle but could not tell if anyone was still inside, shortly after they heard a muffled yell coming from inside the car and saw a hand reaching for help.

      Both officers attempted to get into the vehicle to remove the driver who was still in her seat, and remained by the burning vehicle working to free her until fire officials arrived.

      The driver 65 year old Jacki Keeney was pulled from the vehicle by fire officials and transported to the hospital where she later died as a result of her injuries.

      The two responding officers Cpl. Caleb Finsterwald a five year veteran of APD and Officer Dustin Glick were nominated by their supervisor to receive the Medal of Valor for risking their own lives to try to save the victim.

      On February 11th, 2014 Chief Robert Taylor presented both officers with the Amarillo Police Department's Medal of Valor.