Campus police officers recognized for heroic actions

Officer Denny, Chief Brinkley and Sgt. Hill at award ceremonyUNCSA Police Officer Matthew J. Denny, pictured left, and Sgt. Tyler R. Hill, pictured right, each received a Life Saving Award on Jan. 15 for responding to two recent and separate house fires near the UNCSA campus. Chief Frank Brinkley presented the awards.

On Nov. 8, 2019, Denny observed a serious grill fire on the front porch of a house on Chapel Street. Denny immediately notified dispatch of the incident. As Hill pulled up to the residence, he observed Denny through the thick black smoke on the front porch banging on the door attempting to wake any residents. Denny used a fire extinguisher to prevent the house from becoming fully engulfed. Denny remained on scene and assisted the residents to ensure that the fire would not reignite.

“The roof of the porch was charred black with the paint beginning to crack and peel. It was only a matter of moments before the home would have caught fire and become a fully engulfed residential fire. It is from these facts that I genuinely believe Officer Denny saved the lives of the occupants.” wrote Hill.

In addition to Hill's assistance and response to the November fire, Hill responded Jan. 1, 2020 to the area of Chapel Street to look for a reported fire. He saw the residence on fire was instead located on Center Street. Being first on the scene, he banged on the door awaking the family's father. Hill then entered the burning residence to assist with evacuating other family members including children from the engulfed residence. According to the Winston-Salem Journal, firefighters say fireworks that were improperly thrown away sparked the fire.

Contact: Elizabeth White

Jan. 16, 2020

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