Two IAFF Members Receive Missouri Medal of Valor
October 16, 2012 – Two IAFF members were among the eight public safety officers honored by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon with the Missouri Medal of Valor on October 11. Springfield Local 152 fire fighter Jeff Elliot and Eastern Missouri Local 2665 fire fighter Thomas Bacon received the honor for acts of bravery and heroism in 2011.
Elliot was recognized for his part in the dramatic rescue of two Springfield, Missouri, girls from a burning home. When Elliot arrived on the scene of the fire, one of the girls was still inside.
Using thermal imaging, Elliot and two others were able to locate the girl in one of the bedrooms. Elliot carried her to safety. Both girls recovered.
Bacon was honored for his actions during an F-4 tornado. He was on duty when he and his fellow fire fighters spotted the tornado headed for their firehouse. At the same time, they noticed a car being blown by the strong winds.
Bacon braved the winds to help the family inside the fire station. The same tornado caused significant damage to the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and surrounding communities.
Other honorees include: St. John’s Ambulance service provider Joseph Heath, Missouri State Highway Patrol officer James Cooksey Jr., Sunset Hills Police officer Robert Siscel, Jefferson City Police officer Curtis Bohanaon II, Cole County Sheriff’s deputy Christopher Suchanek and St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer Daryl Hall (posthumously).