Two Rome police officers, a firefighter honored for life-saving efforts in pet store fire

Senator Joe Griffo was proud to present them the award.

Posted: May 28, 2019 5:36 PM

ROME, N.Y. -- Just a few months after this devastating fire at Peterson’s Pet Shop in Rome – the two police officers and a firefighter responsible for saving a life – received recognition for their actions.

The Liberty Medal is the highest honor the state can give out. The recipients are Rome police officers Matthew Hall and Ryan Crever, along with Rome firefighter joseph Hojnacki.

When the fire broke out, the two officers and the fire fighter ran in to the second-floor apartment to rescue the resident and his dog.

He was unable to walk, so they had to carry him and his dog down by hand.

Senator Joe Griffo was proud to present them the award.

"These three went over and beyond, saving an individual's life, saving an animal, his companion. And I believe worthy of recognition. This is the highest civilian award that we can give for this type of situation and this reason,” Griffo said.

Rome Mayor Jackie Izzo says there will be an announcement soon regarding what will be done with the site where the pet store once stood.

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