VALPARAISO, Ind. (CBS) — A Porter County, Indiana sheriff’s officer called it nothing short of a miracle that he was nearby when a gas explosion leveled a house.
His body camera was rolling as he ran to help.READ MORE: Two Chicago Police Officers Wounded By Accidental Friendly Fire While Confronting Suspect In Lyons, Police Say
Porter, Indiana Fire Chief Jay Craig said at the time of the explosion in September that a 3-year-old girl was trapped inside the house when crews arrived.
Lt. Kevin Van Kley heard the call over the scanner and rushed to the scene. First, he pulled a young child to safety after finding the child pinned in the rubble.READ MORE: Man Shot, Killed After Argument At Bus Stop In Logan Square; Shooter Kills Second Man Nearby During Carjacking
Also during the search, Craig said firefighters found a woman who was trapped in the house. Van Kley helped free the woman who was trapped under a collapsed section of a roof.
This week, Lt. Van Kley was honored by the Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds for his lifesaving actions, with a medal of honor.
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