A Manchester police officer who crawled through a burning apartment to rescue a trapped resident and three paramedics who treated FBI agents injured in a shootout were awarded the Missouri Medal of Valor by the governor Wednesday.
They were among nine awarded the medal by Gov. Jay Nixon in a ceremony at the Capitol on Wednesday.
The Manchester police officer, Anthony L. Davis, was honored for his efforts to save the residents of a burning apartment on Jan. 3, 2014.
He and another officer arrived at the scene before firefighters. They entered to help residents out. Davis helped one woman escape, then heard a man trapped on the third floor and calling for help, according to a statement from Nixon’s office.
Davis was forced back by thick smoke the first time he tried to save the man. He tried again by crawling, keeping beneath the densest smoke, and found the man. He led the man out, crawling along a hallway and down the stairs. He then went in to help another person before being treated himself for effects of the smoke. He was taken to a hospital and later released.
Deputy Chief Timothy J. Dorsey, Capt. David P. Klump and firefighter/paramedic Daniel R. Roderick, wearing body armor and tactical helmets to protect them, treated an FBI agent hit in the chest and shoulder during a shootout at a Hanley Hills home where the fugitive was holed up on Nov. 25-26. They also treated a second FBI agent who was shot in the leg, all “amidst battlefield-type conditions,” according to the governor’s statement.
The suspect, Major Washington, was killed in the shootout, but the FBI provided few details about the circumstances of the shooting.
The statement from Nixon’s office about the Medal of Valor awards says a tactical team entered the Hanley Hills house after trying to negotiate with the gunman for seven hours. Within minutes, there were gunshots and shouts for medics, the release says. FBI agents and the gunman exchanged shots, and the house caught on fire.
The injured FBI agents were pulled out of the house for treatment. Both agents recovered.
The initial shooting of the University City officer came the night of the announcement of no charges against then-Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson. It was unrelated to protests following the announcement, but FBI agents were involved because county police requested their help with resources spread thin that night.
Also honored Wednesday were Cpl. Richard L. Ayers of the Missouri Highway Patrol; Nathan F. Box of the Missouri Department of Corrections; and Michael Anthony Maupin, John D. “Jade” Wright and Eric E. Abbott of the Missouri Department of Conservation.