COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus man was honored on Tuesday by the Muscogee County Marshal's Office for his brave and heroic actions.
Sergeant Kurt Weathered risked his life to save his neighbor last week. He was recovering from a recent surgery on his Achilles tendon when he saw smoke coming from his neighbor's home around midday on Wednesday, Nov. 25.
He hopped over on his crutches with his duty ASP baton, which he used to break out a window of the burning home. As he entered the home, the living room ceiling started to cave in. Despite his handicap and the danger, he proceeded with his search.
The house belongs to Kevin Flowers - also known as Kevin Lamar or Tracks, a well-known music producer in Columbus. Flowers was out running errands when the fire started.
Sgt. Weathered described what it was like to searching for his neighbor.
"The smoke was real heavy, the ceiling started to fall in by the bedroom and living room. I got a flashlight. I wanted to make sure 'cause I saw a lump on the bed and I wanted to make sure that wasn't my....." Sgt. Weathered said before choking up.
This is the first time the Medal of Bravery has been awarded in Muscogee County.
Deputies say they wanted to recognize Sgt. Weathered's actions and show him they're appreciated.