Prince George's honors its heroes

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County paused today to honor its public safety heroes, including a police officer who was injured trying to save a man from a burning car, and a firefighter who saved one of her own.

The 37th Annual Valor Awards honored 38 public safety workers including dispatchers who calmed suicidal victims, correctional officers who saved inmates lives, firefighters who risked all in burning buildings, and police officers who faced gunfire.

The 'Police Officer of the Year' award went to Capt. John A. Boesman. Boseman suffered burns and cuts as he tried over and over again to rescue a man from a burning car that had overturned on Martin Luther King Highway in Landover, Maryland on March 18, 2013. The incident was captured on Boesman's dash cam.

The motorist did not survive.

The 'Firefighter of the Year' was Sara A. Shaffer who is credited with saving the life and the amputated arm of fire Lt. Ryan Emmons who had been trapped in an overturned firetruck on the Beltway after a catastrophic collision with a tractor trailer. Emmons appeared at the event with his re-attached arm to thank Shaffer.

Also at the event was 10-year-old Peyton Kerr who survived a horrible auto accident in Calvert County that killed one older sister and badly injured another. Kerr and her surviving sister were rescued by paramedic Katherine P. Johnson, who was off duty with her 8-year-old son when she came upon the accident. Johnson was named 'Paramedic of the Year' for her rescue of the girls.


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