Spurred on by ‘the kid in the window,’ Manchester officer raced up stairs of burning building
His focus was getting to that third floor. Once there, he found the woman, who by then was panicked, her child and her two other children.
Megowen, 35, doesn’t know exactly how he got them out that day. “It happened so fast,” he said.
Once they were safely outside, however, Megowen went back into the building and headed to the second floor, where he forced open the door to ensure no one was trapped inside. No one was there.
By then, fire crews were on the scene and firefighters were inside the building, searching it.
The March 28, 2013, fire was started by an arsonist in trash cans outside the five-unit building, fire investigators determined.
Thanks to Megowen’s efforts that night, no one was injured.
So what made Megowen do what he did?
“The kid in the window,” the married father of two said. “We had to get them out of the house. I didn’t even think about it. I just went and got them out.”
“I could have gone down two different roads,” he said. “The police in my town steered me down the right road.”
“I am not one for recognition so, for me, this is just a lot. It’s hard for me to comprehend. It is pretty overwhelming for me,” he said of being honored, first by his own department with a Life Saving Medal, and now with the 2014 Union Leader Hero Award.
The event is free to the public, but an RSVP is requested.
For more information, contact Community Relations Manager Shannon Sullivan at 206-7833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Hero Awards
The Union Leader Hero Awards honor New Hampshire residents who have risked their lives in the previous year to save or attempt to save the life of another person.
The program is sponsored by Citizens Bank and presented by the New Hampshire Union Leader.
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