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Firefighters honored for saving children

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Five Austin firefighters are received a high honor Saturday evening. They are receiving the Medal of Valor, which is the second highest honor a firefighter can receive from the department and it is given for acts that result in the saving a human life from serious danger.

The five men receiving the award are credited with rescuing two children from a house fire in east Austin. That fire broke out in the early morning hours of Monday, November 12, 2012 at a home on East 14th Street.

Two young girls were reportedly sleeping in a small shed attached to the house when the fire started and had to be airlifted to a hospital in Houston.

The men credited with saving their lives are from the crews of Quint 1 and Engine 2.

Quint 1:

Captain Michael Becker

Randy Balogh

Joshua Lake

Engine 2:

Lieutenant Joshua Portie

Aiden Bradley

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