A veteran Minneapolis firefighter has been honored for running into a burning duplex in which five children died, reports Kare 11.
Keith Sandberg received the department’s Medal of Honor, the highest award given by the Minneapolis Fire Department.
According to a fire department narrative, Sandberg ran into the burning building at 2818 Colfax Avenue North without “hose line protection or back up.”
The department says Sandberg first assisted an adult male and a child to safety, before going back into the burning building to rescue another child.
The heat was intense enough to melt the clear plastic eye shield on Sandberg’s helmet.
Following the ceremony, Sandberg said he is uncomfortable with the award. “Five little kids died and they’re giving me an award, how do you justify that?” he asked.
But the department credited Sandberg’s “conspicuous heroism under extreme hazardous conditions” for bestowing him with the Medal of Honor.
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