BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Louisiana State Police presented the Medal of Valor to Senior Technician Steven Paulus, who they say put his own safety aside as he pulled two women from a burning vehicle on the Causeway bridge.
The medal awarded for selfless service at the risk of the officer's life acknowledges an act that is clearly above and beyond the call of duty.
Back in February, Causeway Police say a Dodge Ram pickup truck broke down and was rear-ended by a Ford F-250.
Both vehicles caught fire.
Trooper Paulus happened upon the scene and forced his way into the Ram to get the driver and passenger to safety.
"Each day our Troopers perform tasks above and beyond the normal scope of their duty as we remain dedicated to public safety in Louisiana," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. "Today, we were honored to recognize many of those extraordinary accomplishments along with the heroic and selfless acts of Good Samaritans and fellow law enforcement partners from across the state."
Among the many awards handed out at the ceremony Tuesday in Baton Rouge, State Police presented lifesaving awards to Sgt. Willie Verret, Lt. Jody Blanchard, Senior Technician Keith Redmond, Tpr. Jarrod Miles, Tpr. Matthew Motes and civilians Jason Tauzin, Kristopher Louvierre and Chance Negroni.
TFC Joey Nations received the uniformed trooper of the year award. TFC Gus Bethea of the criminal investigations division received the plainclothes trooper of the year award.