Monday Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa presented several bronze stars and unit citations to Baltimore police officers for their above and beyond call of duty service.
De Sousa presented four officers with bronze stars and all sixteen with unit citations.
The officers responded to what was a double fatal fire on January 28. The fire started in a rowhome in the 11000 block of North Mount St.
The officers were able to get a woman, a one-year-old boy, and a two-year-old girl out of the house. The two toddlers died later at the hospital. The fire started while the toddlers’ mother was at the hospital giving birth to a baby boy.
"I think what you guys did is you put other people’s safety in front of yours,” said De Sousa. “Although you did not run inside that burning building what you did for the city of Baltimore, what you did for the Western District and what you did for that family means a lot."
During the ceremony, De Sousa said that instead of awarding officers for seizures and arrests, the department would shift toward awarding them more and immediately for their acts of heroism.