Two Visalia police officers were recognized Monday night for going above and beyond their duties.
Each officer saved a life.
The victims and their families were there to help honor the officers.
The family of little Roxanna Pugh arrived early for the ceremony. Roxanna was just 22 months old when she fell into the family's swimming pool in August.
"I was bending over to pick a diaper up and I had her right next to me and I turned around and she was already descending to the bottom of the pool," said Roxanna's mother, Miranda Pugh.
Roxanna's mom dove into the water and pulled her out. Sgt. James Andrews was three blocks away when the call was made to 911. Roxanne was blue and had no pulse when he arrived. He gave her CPR.
"After about six to eight minutes I was still performing CPR and I got her to start breathing and got a pulse back, so it was overwhelming," Sgt. Andrews said.
Roxanna's parents credit Sgt. Andrews with saving their daughter's life.
"He did everything that he could possibly do because he didn't want her to go, he knew that she meant too much to us," said Steven Pugh, Roxanna's father.
Sgt. Andrews received a life saving medal.
So did Sgt. Mark Feller, who risked his own life to save a 26 year old man with a broken leg who was trapped under a burning SUV.
"Once that fire got rolling on the car there were a few explosions from the tires popping and different things. And I was glad to be across the street and let the fire fighters be handling that for me," Sgt. Feller said.
The victim's mother, Olivia Morales, was at the awards ceremony and says Sgt Feller is an angel. "He was there at the right time and the right place and because of him my son is still breathing. So I'm very grateful to him," Morales said.
Both men are humbled by the recognition.
"When you do your job, you don't really think about that kind of stuff. It was just luck that I was that close," Sgt. Andrews said.
"I will definitely reflect on this as a good story you can pass along," said Sgt. Feller.
Sgt. Feller has not seen the man he saved.
But Sgt. Andrews and the Pugh family have become friends. He even helped celebrate Roxanna's second birthday at Children's Hospital.
In six months Roxanna will have her tracheotomy and feeding tube removed. And her mother says she will be back to the way she was before the accident happened.
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