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Deputies Honored for Fiery Rescue


Four sheriff’s deputies from Ellis County were awarded the Medal of Valor in Austin Friday for pulling a young woman out of her burning car. She calls them her heroes.

With a dash camera recording every horrifying moment, the deputies rescued Jamie Nash from the fiery one-car crash just off Interstate 45 last year.

Nash admits she was texting and driving and lost control of her PT Cruiser. Her poor judgment left her with third and fourth degree burns over 70 percent of her body.

But she is healing both physically and emotionally and on Friday she climbed the stairs to greet her four rescuers on stage. One by one she hugged Manny Valdez, Bryan McGee, Ryan Connelly and Jeremie Altilano.

“It’s amazing how they just jumped in there and saved my life and didn’t even think of their own. And to think that they could have been burned as well. It’s amazing. These guys are my brothers. They are my heroes,” Nash said.

The deputies said they are thankful for the chance to protect and serve.

“It means a great deal. That right there is the reason we put this uniform on and do this job. Very fulfilling,” said McGee, a patrol sergeant.

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