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Roseville man honored for life-saving effort

By: Scott Thomas Anderson, Editor
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Roseville resident Jesse Edwards was honored for bravery last week by the California State Firefighters Association for rescuing two men trapped in a burning car a few days after Christmas in 2011.

Edwards was among 10 Californians to receive the association’s Medal of Valor, though he was one of only three citizens not employed in law enforcement or firefighting to get the prestigious nod. The recognition came from his actions on the night of Dec. 28, 2011. According to the Roseville Fire Department, Edwards was driving by Jefferson Street in dark morning hours when he noticed a car crashed into an industrial building. Slowing down, Edwards realized that two men were trapped inside the vehicle as its engine was catching on fire. Edwards save the men by jumping onto the back of the car and kicking its rear window in, creating an escape route. He then helped both crash victims out of the back and to safety.

“Without the quick actions of Jesse Edwards that night the two men involved in this accident would certainly have perished,” Roseville Firefighter Jon Kubas said.

Edwards was handed his medal of valor at a banquet in Sacramento on Oct. 20.

~ Staff report