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Officer recognized for saving driver of burning truck

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  The Columbus Police Department recognized their finest Wednesday. 

Ceremonies were held at the Public Safety Building for the department's annual Employee Recognition Awards.

The Officer of the Year award and the Medal of Valor went to Michael Ledford for his crime-fighting and life-saving achievements in the patrol division.

Ledford responded to a crash on Macon Road and Midland Road in November of 2009 involving an overturned tractor-trailer.

As he was directing traffic, another approaching traffic-trailer lost control, tipped over and began sliding towards responding officers, the punctured fuel tank erupting into flames.

Ledford reached into the burning truck through the shattered windshield and pulled the unconscious driver to safety.

The officer was also recognized for chasing down a burglary suspect- a capture that led to the clearance of a number of unrelated burglaries police say were committed by the same suspect.

"You can't do everything in this job without the help of your fellow officers so it's a joint effort for everything we do," Ledford told News Leader 9.

"It's always a special event when you can recognize officers and their service and that's what you saw here today," Chief Ricky Boren added.

Life-saving awards were also presented to Officer Timothy Greene and Corporal John Bailey for their efforts.

CPD also recognized members for their years of service as well as those officers who have served their city and country as members of the Armed Forces.

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