TWO DURAND POLICE OFFICERS were presented with life-saving awards during the Durand City Council’s Monday, Feb. 6 meeting. Officer Chris Hurst and Sergeant Luke Rogers were honored by Durand Mayor Deb Doyle and Police Chief Jason Hartz, the latter of which described the two heroes’ actions. Each man was presented with commendation bars and framed awards.
Shortly after noon on Oct. 25, the two Durand officers were called to the intersection of Miller and Byron roads by the Michigan State Police to assist at the scene of a personal injury accident. Upon reaching the scene, Rogers and Hurst observed two vehicles involved. Of the two vehicles, one appeared to be unoccupied and on its side, and the other appeared to be on fire with two unconscious individuals trapped inside, one male and one female. The two officers removed both victims from the vehicle and placed them in the grass a safe distance from the burning vehicle. Unfortunately, the male passenger had already passed, but the female had survived the incident and was transported to the hospital.
“There is no doubt that this individual would have certainly perished if not for the actions of these two officers,” Chief Hartz said during the ceremony. “The actions of Sergeant Rogers and Officer Hurst on that evening represent the highest commitment to the service of the citizens of Durand and the surrounding communities, to law enforcement, and to humanity as a whole.” (Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)