Officers, firefighters to be honored for daring rescue

February 23, 2012 7:38:31 AM PST
The city of Conroe is honoring two firefighters and three police officers who saved a man and woman from a burning home late last year. And for the first time, the man and woman they saved get to meet their heroes.

In the early morning hours of December 26, a 911 call was placed about a house on fire in the 300 block of Sandra Street in Conroe. Police, fire and EMS all responded, with officers Raymond Adams, Gabriel Gallegos and Richard Cruz arriving first.

The three officers were told by bystanders that they believed people were still inside, so they entered the burning home and found Luis Roman collapsed on the floor not far from the front door. They were able to pull him to safety.

When firefighters arrived, Lieutenant John Turner and firefighter Michael Painter went into the home and found Emma Pagan unconscious on the floor towards the back of the front room. They were able to quickly get her to safety, as well.

Both Pagan and Roman were transported to Hermann Hospital in serious, but stable condition.

The firefighters and police officers involved will be honored at the beginning of the Conroe City Council meeting today. Roman and Pagan will be in attendance to meet their heroes.


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