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Award of Valor awarded to four Stevens Point officers


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- Four Stevens Point Police Department officers were recognized with the Award of Valor Monday.

The four officers arrived at a structure fire, and entered the burning building without protective gear or a breathing apparatus to rescue two residents.

Police Chief Kevin Ruder made the presentations during the Stevens Point City Council meeting Monday.  “Sergeant (Greg) Bean, officer Joe Kramer, officer Aaron Yenter, and officer Robert Roser are authorized recipients of the Award of Valor.”

Sergeant Greg Bean was first to arrive at 1900 Monroe Street, and opened the door on the burning house. Officer Aaron Yenter had to restrain one of the residents to prevent him from re-entering the burning building. The four officers also physically removed a lower level resident while half of the building was engulfed in flames.

Chief Ruder says the efforts of the officers was beyond expectations.  “The actions of each officer displayed extreme courage, by just placing their own safety in immediate peril. The extraordinary act of heroism to enter a burning building without the aid of protective equipment in pursuit to save human life goes beyond the scope normally expected in the line of duty.”

The fire was an arson case, started by another roommate. 40-year-old Roy Strait turned himself in, admitting he started the fire so he could go back to prison. Strait remains in custody awaiting his next court appearance.