City Police Department’s 23-year veteran Officer
Norman Palaby received a Medal of
Valor, the department’s most prestigious award, from
Police Chief Gary McLane in
March 2005 for risking his life while off duty to save a
fire victim this past January.
“Officer Palaby’s actions were heroic. With little
regard for his own personal safety, he persisted in
entering a burning building in order to save a life,”
noted Chief McLane.
Before any emergency personnel arrived on the scene, and
in spite of the billowing smoke and flames, Officer
Palaby entered the burning house at least twice before
successfully finding the unconscious elderly man who was
trapped in the basement.
Officer Palaby sustained a severe laceration on his
hand. He has fully recovered and is back on duty.