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Silcox Honored for Heroics
May 14, 2008 - Indiana State Trooper Richard Silcox, a Knightstown resident who works out of the Connersville Post, was honored earlier this week in Indianapolis for his heroic response to an emergency in March 2007.
An eight-year member of the ISP, Silcox received a Silver Star award from ISP Superintendent Paul Whitesell for "performance in a distinguished manner beyond reasonable expectations." The honor was with respect to the trooper's actions in getting a family out their carbon monixide-filled home in rural Henry County on march 24, 2007.
According to an ISP press release, Silcox found two of the home's occupants inside, incoherent and unstable, and helped them get out of the house. A generator powering a sump pump in the basement had left the house filled with enough carbon monoxide to cause death within just a matter of minutes.
The ISP said Silcox described the home as smelling like a car had been running inside. Despite his own weakened condition and a severe headache, Silcox and Deputy Landon Dean of the Henry County Sheriff's Department reentered the house and located and removed the couple's son.
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