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MIDDLESEX, Vt. - Verizon technician Stan Morse of Waterbury, who saved the life of a woman last fall when he carried her from the porch of a burning house, received a Verizon Heroes Award at a ceremony in Middlesex today.
On Oct. 19, Morse was on a service call in Waterbury when he saw a column of smoke nearby. Morse, a volunteer firefighter in Waterbury, drove toward the smoke and saw that a house was on fire. He immediately called 911; then he noticed that a woman had collapsed on the porch. He picked her up and carried her to safety. Just moments later, a propane tank next to the porch exploded and a number of smaller explosions erupted inside the house. Waterbury's fire chief credited Morse with preventing a fatality.
The woman was hospitalized in serious condition. Morse sustained minor injuries but, nevertheless, returned to work the following day. In recognition for his act of courage, Morse earned a bronze Verizon Heroes medal and $1,000.
"Our employees are on Vermont roads every day, and besides being the eyes and ears of Verizon, they very often have their finger on the pulse of the communities they work in," said Cheryl Mongell, vice president - New England Regional Operations. "Clearly, Stan went beyond the call of duty. His quick reaction and courage made the difference in this life-threatening situation.
"It is my great pleasure to present the Verizon Heroes Award to Stan Morse - the first Vermont employee to earn this honor," she said.
The Verizon Heroes Award honors acts of courage, heroism and unusual merit in public service. It recognizes personal courage, skill, judgment and resourcefulness in an emergency. Such acts are generally associated with natural disasters, fires, explosions, transportation accidents and other sudden life-or property-threatening situations.
For his bravery last fall, Morse also received a Vermont State Police Citizen's Lifesaving Award in December, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Lifesaving Award in January.
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