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Medal of Honor presentation for Bradenton police officer is Tuesday

A news release from the city of Bradenton has the details:

Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston will present Master Patrol Officer Justin Gause of the Bradenton Police Department with the Medal of Honor award bar, certificate and letter of commendation at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23.

The presentation will take place in the training room of the police department, 100 10th St. W., and is open to the public.

The Medal of Honor is the department’s highest award. Gause is being awarded the medal after saving the life of a woman who was trapped in a burning house and didn’t want to leave.

On Jan. 22, the Bradenton Police Department received a frantic emergency call via 911 The caller reported that a structure fire was visible from a neighbor’s house and that a man was in the garage of the structure pouring a liquid on the fire, which was growing out of control.

Upon arrival, Gause entered the garage area of the home, which was now engulfed with flames, and removed the man from the fire and secured him with the help of responding officers. Gause continued to investigate and located a woman in the front bedroom of the residence.

At this point, the home was filled with deadly and intoxicating smoke. Gause entered the bedroom and attempted to assist the female in exiting the home, but she refused to leave. Gause physically removed her from the residence and pulled her to safety. It was later determined that the man suffers from a mental illness and set the fire intentionally.

Responding Bradenton Fire Department firefighters were able to extinguish the flames and save the residence from total loss. Fire officials credit Gause with saving the woman’s life. Police Chief Michael Radzilowski said Gause’s “actions are within the highest tradition and professional standards of the Bradenton Police Department” and he is “a true example of the Bradenton Police Department motto, which is: “Professionalism Through Continuous Improvement.”

Gause will also represent the city of Bradenton at the 4th Annual Bradenton Night with the Tampa Bay Rays baseball game on May 29 when he throws out the ceremonial first pitch.

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