One of our city’s finest received one of the country’s highest honors – proof that the men and women of our police force are willing to go above and beyond in times of crisis. As accident lawyers in Knoxville, far too often accident stories end in tragedy, but thanks to one courageous officer this one didn’t.
A Knoxville police officer has received the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor that is presented to a public safety officer. Officer Andrew Michael Keith was presented the award by Attorney General Eric Holder and Vice President Joe Biden at a ceremony at the White House earlier this month.
His phenomenal act of courage goes back to Interstate 40 in March of 2012. A major accident that involved a semi-truck and Tennessee Highway Patrol car left the trooper’s car in flames with the driver unconscious. Officer Keith literally used the shirt off his back to fight the flames while calling for help. With the help of bystanders the officer was able to save his colleague from the fiery crash, pulling him free from the vehicle moments before ammunition began exploding inside the cruiser.
The officer’s swift, courageous, and heroic actions saved the man’s life. These awards aren’t given away lightly. According to the government, a true act of valor is one in which a public safety officer shows, “exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind” as well as “unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life.”
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We’re thankful that our law enforcement is comprised of amazing people like Officer Keith, and we hope you are, too. Accidents happen and these are the people that will be there to help. The McMahan Law Firm is here to help in the aftermath of the accident as well, holding those responsible accountable. Contact our Knoxville accident lawyers to learn what role we play in helping those affected by serious accidents in Eastern Tennessee.