Hillsboro police officer Brian Butler was honored at Monday night’s city council meeting for his courageous action in rescuing a woman from a house fire.
Chief Todd Whited described how Butler risked his life on June 18 to run into a smoke-filled home, locate the reportedly suicidal woman in a back bedroom and carry her to safety, despite her efforts to resist.
We join city officials and the public at large in thanking and commending Officer Butler for his heroic act of bravery. We also recognize that this officer’s actions represent the sacrifice and courage displayed every day by law enforcement officials and firefighters.
It requires an act of courage simply to wear the uniform of a police officer or sheriff’s deputy. They become targets the minute they step into public view.
It was heartwarming to see Officer Butler’s actions recognized and honored on Monday in front of many of his fellow officers, firefighters and family members. Throughout the course of each year, similar deeds are performed in Highland County by police, sheriff and fire department personnel that often go unnoticed.
In part, the recognition of this young officer is an acknowledgment of everyone who wears the uniform of a first responder, and we thank each of them for their daily efforts to protect and defend our community.