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Carter County officers commended by state for heroic action in Feb. house fire

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Two officers with the Carter County Sheriff's Office have received state recognition for their efforts to save a man trapped in a burning home earlier this year.

Investigator Andy Bean and officer Robert Hughes received First Responder awards during ceremonies held in Nashville earlier this month that included officials from the governor's office and the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, according to a report issued by Sheriff Dexter Lunceford.

Bean and Hughes arrived at a home on Stateline Road on Feb. 9 and discovered a disabled man was trapped inside the structure as the dwelling was on fire. Heavy smoke forced the officers out of the home but they were able to re-enter the house through a back door and carry the victim to safety, the report said.

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