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A Police Officer's quick heroic actions land him the state's highest honor. YNN's Eva McKend caught up with Sullivan County's newest Medal of Valor recipient.
WOODBOURNE, N.Y. -- When a roof collapsed at a Mobil gas station in Liberty,
Army National Guard Sergeant Martin Gonzalez and two other Police Officers had seconds to make a decision that would ultimately save two lives.
"He's screaming at us. The roof fell in. I applied his shirt to his head to help stop the bleeding. He was looking at me. He had blood in his eyes. He couldn't really open his eyes too much. He kept saying he was going to die," said Gonzalez.
His actions two years ago as a then 29-year-old Liberty Police Officer, now earn him the state's highest honor: the Medal of Valor.
"You don't do this job to get recognition or to get awards. You do it because you care about other people. To be up in front of all of my peers, receiving this honor, it meant a lot to me," said Gonzalez.
Since he was a little boy, Gonzalez says he always wanted to be a Police Officer like his father.
Martin Gonzalez Senior couldn't be more proud.
"He's the type of person that doesn't like accolades. For him, he didn't really tell us how significant this award was," said Gonzalez Sr.
Now a DARE Officer in Fallsburg, Gonzalez says he will never forget the day that came to define his career but says the true heroes are the men and women that save lives everyday.
"Serving the community courses through our blood and that's what we live to do," said Gonzalez.