Local Trooper Awarded Congressional Badge of Bravery | News
Trooper S. Matthew Cochran received the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery earlier this week, and for this, he makes this week's Super NoVA spot. The Badge of Bravery honors exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty by law enforcement officers. Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Senator Webb (D-VA), and Senator Warner (D-VA), together presented Cochran with the award on Monday.
The honor comes to Cochran after he responded to an early morning fire at an apartment complex in Hillsville on January 9, 2010. Trooper Cochran entered the burning apartment building without protective gear after he heard screaming for help. He crawled through the flames and smoke to rescue the screaming woman.
According to Virginia State Police, thanks to Tropper Cochran, a Carroll County deputy, and a Hillsville police officer, all 37 residents of the complex were rescued because the group banged on doors to wake those who were still asleep.
“Every day, thousands of Virginia law enforcement officers like Trooper Cochran place their lives on the line in order to keep us safe,” said Senator Warner.
“They perform these duties with courage and honor. But few are summoned to provide the remarkable degree of unselfish, life-saving bravery that was demonstrated by Trooper Cochran, and I join all Virginians in saluting his courage and commitment,” Senator Warner added.
Here is more information about the Badge of Bravery. Look out for more Super NoVAs every Wednesday going forward. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to nominate yourself, or someone you know that deserves to be recognized as a Super NoVA!