Officer Boyd (far left) and Sergeant Gobley (second from left) stand with Safety Director Greg Popham and Mayor Joel Day. Officer Lambert was unable to attend the meeting.

Nick McWilliams reporting – Three New Philadelphia police officers received special commendation for saving lives of city residents in April.

The trio of Sergeant Mitchell Gobley, Officer Tristen Lambert, and Officer Andrew Boyd were recognized during Monday night’s city council meeting.

Mayor Joel Day says that they were integral in saving a woman and a man during an apartment fire on April 30th.

“They were unsuccessful in attempts to talk her out towards them, so they entered the apartment themselves, from which smoke was emerging, and began to search for her.  The woman was located and carried down the stairs and outside to safety by Sergeant Gobley. Officers Boyd and Lambert evacuated an occupant and his dog from the neighboring apartment.”

Day noted that the officers also cleared the rest of the apartments and verified no one else was left in the complex.

The fire department arrived and extinguished the appliance fire, with no injuries reported.

Captain Tessa Pahovey recommended the three for the commendation from the city.

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