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Kootenai County Deputy awarded Medal of Valor Citation

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Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger (Left) presenting the Medal of Valor Citation to Deputy Mark Zimmerman (Right) Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger (Left) presenting the Medal of Valor Citation to Deputy Mark Zimmerman (Right)
SPOKANE, Wash. - A Kootenai County Sheriff's deputy was awarded the Medal of Valor Citation Thursday morning for his heroic efforts to ensure there was no one in a burning Post Falls home. 


On August 14, 2014 Deputy Zimmerman was off-duty riding his bike with his family when they came across a house fire in Post Falls. With firefighters not yet on scene, Deputy Zimmerman immediately ran into the home fearing lives were in danger. Deputy Zimmerman worked his way through the home into each room and found no one inside. 


Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug wrote a letter to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office commending Deputy Zimmerman for his bravery. The Sheriff's Medal of Valor Citation is awarded to "an employee who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, in a high stress and/or volatile situations, where their conduct is considered meritorious in light of the circumstances at hand," and running into a burning home certainly lands within those qualifications. 


“There is no doubt that Deputy Zimmerman showed true concern for his community by entering a fully engulfed structure to ensure the residents safety. In doing so, he put his own life in jeopardy without second guessing his actions. This truly was an act of heroism and bravery in which we wanted you to be aware of. Deputy Zimmerman's quick response and actions are truly appreciated by the Post Falls Police Department," Chief Haug said in a statement released on Thursday. 


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