Transportation Security Officer, Transportation Security Administration
Duty Station: Coraopolis, Pa.
While returning home one morning, Transportation Security Officer Justin Sawhill observed a glow coming from a nearby house and went to investigate. He discovered a burning vehicle in the driveway and called 911. As the fire began to spread to the garage, TSO Sawhill ran to the front door and knocked until a woman answered. She asked TSO Sawhill to help her get her four young children safely out of the house. TSO Sawhill carried one child while guiding another by the hand. The fire had overtaken the front of the residence, blocking their primary exit. So they retreated to the rear of the house, where he assisted the woman through a window and then passed the four children to her before exiting himself.