AN "OUSTANDING COP" who rescued a man from a burning Dubbo home has been commended for his courage and devotion to duty at a special ceremony on Tuesday, October 17.
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Ben "Boomi" Hiep earned a Commissioner's Commendation for Courage for his response to a house fire in 2020.
"The home was in flames, so Senior Constable Hiep wet his t-shirt, got down on all fours, and he and his partner crawled through smoke and found an unconscious man in the hallway," Acting Inspector Blake Keating said.
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"He pulled him out of the home and saved his life; his actions drew special mention from Assistant Commissioner Brett Greentree."
Shortly after the fire in Dubbo, Senior Constable Hiep transferred to Boomi, a small township near Moree, where he has earned respect and admiration among the residents.
"He's an outstanding cop and what he did that day saved a person's life," Inspector Keating said.
Senior Constable Hiep was among 12 current and retired officers and civilian staff from the New England region bestowed with medals and awards at the ceremony that recognised their service and achievements.
The annual ceremony was held at Inverell RSM Club and was hosted by Superintendent Steve Laksa, District Commander - New England, accompanied by Western Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Brett Greentree.
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