Firefighters receive Distinguished Service Medals

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From left, Holley-Navarre Fire District Battalion Chief Howie Rounsaville, Lt. Dan Davidson and Firefighter Richie Frank.

Holley-Navarre Fire District Battalion Chief Howie Rounsaville, Lt. Dan Davidson and Firefighter Richie Frank were honored Tuesday night with the district’s Distinguished Service Medal for their work during the March 10 Blackhawk helicopter crash in the Santa Rosa Sound.

“I can truly say that these mend performed well above and beyond anyone’s expectations,” Chief Ron Norton said. “I had to basically order them to go home … They didn’t want to leave until the job was done and everyone accounted for.”

Norton said the firefighters were assigned to locate downed aircraft and search for survivors. He said the men worked non-stop, and stayed on duty well past shift change.

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