Oklahoma Fire Fighter Receives Valor Award

Issue 1 and Volume 130.

Oklahoma Fire Fighter Receives Valor Award James P. Petros of the Tulsa, Okla., Fire Department is the 25th fire fighter to receive the International Benjamin Franklin Award from the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Motorola Communications and Electronics, Inc. Presented to fire fighters for their personal heroism in saving human life, the Franklin Medallion was presented at the opening ceremonies of the association’s 103rd conference in San Antonio in September. Chief David Gratz, association president, and Edward Brunks, vice president of Motorola, made the presentation. Petros, a four-year department veteran, received the award for his 1974 rescue of a Tulsa woman who had been trapped in her car as a swollen local creek flooded its banks. She had been trying to cross a bridge over the creek’s rising waters, when the bridge collapsed and the rushing water started to carry her downstream. The incident happened just as Petros and…

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