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Cedar Falls firefighters recognized as heroes

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Firefighters who responded to a house fire in February will be awarded with the prestigious Sullivan Brothers Award of Valor. Four Cedar Falls firefighters heroically saved an entire family from their burning mobile home. 

Cedar Falls Captain Derek Brown, Firefighter Shane Farmer, Firefighter Troy Purdy, and Firefighter Todd Taylor all went into the burning home without hesitation. 

It only took these four firefighters 1 minute and 26 seconds after they arrived to rescue the two children and their mother. 

In the most humble of ways, they'll tell you they were just doing their job.

"The right time at the right place," said Farmer. "And you know our training took over, and we just did what became instinctive to us in that moment. You know luckily, it was a good result."

When you see the fire that smoldered that night in February, you begin to understand that it was much more. Because on that call, these four men saved an entire family. 

"I was like wishing it was a dream," said 5-year-old Avery Hundley who was rescued in the fire. "Even I was wishing it was a dream after it was done."

"It is a great humbling honor," said Farmer. "I think the best thing for all of us, is just knowing that the family is still here with us because of what happened that night. You know, as much as the award will be nice, knowing that the family is still around is the most important to us."

They were able to rescue Avery, her little brother Mason and their mother Ashley who were trapped inside. 

The heroism and courage of these four firefighters will be recognized with one of the states most prestigious awards, the Sullivan Brothers Award of Valor. 

All four of these men remain ever so humble. 

"You know there was more than just four of us on our team that day," said Farmer. "And I think we all agree. That if you take one person away, from any of the guys driving the truck, to the incident command. You take one of those people away, and we don't get the same result. To be honored with this award, in reality, it should be all seven of us."

All four will be recognized at a ceremony at the State Capitol on October 5th at 3 p.m.

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