Polk firefighter awarded Medal of Heroism by Gov. Scott for saving woman from burning home

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Davenport, Florida -- A local hero was honored by Gov. Rick Scott Thursday at his fire station while surrounded by his fellow firefighters.

PHOTOS: Polk firefighter awarded Medal of Heroism

Firefighter Jordan Caldwell was awarded the Medal of Heroism for his service and courageous actions on the morning of June 14, 2013.

Caldwell, along with his partner, responded to a residential fire and discovered a wood framed house surrounded by heavy smoke.

When they arrived, a neighbor told them Sherri Stewart was trapped by the fire inside the home. Without a second thought, Caldwell ran inside the burning home and searched for her. While being blinded by the smoke, Caldwell was able to find her and pull her away from the fire. 

He then resuscitated Stewart who was suffering from smoke inhalation while waiting for paramedics to arrive.

"I am honored to recognize Polk County Fire Rescue Firefighter Jordan Caldwell for going above and beyond the call of duty to save the life of a fellow Floridian in Polk County," Gov. Scott said during the ceremony. "Firefighter Caldwell's quick thinking and bravery helped save Ms. Stewart's life and prevented others from being injured. Florida's first responders, like Firefighter Caldwell, put their lives on the line to keep others safe."

"To Jordan this was just another day at work, but that day he personified the heroic efforts of all firefighters," said Polk County Fire Chief David Cash. "For that we thank him for his selflessness, commitment and bravery, and we are proud to stand alongside Governor Scott in presenting Jordan with a Medal of Heroism award."

The "Medal of Heroism" is given to any law enforcement or correctional officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician or paramedic who has distinguished themselves by risking their life deliberately above and beyond the call of duty, and must have engaged in hazardous or perilous activities to preserve lives with the knowledge that such activities might result in great personal harm.

Congratulations firefighter Caldwell and thank you for your service!

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