AVERY COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A deputy from North Carolina has been named a recipient of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor by President Donald Trump.
Lieutenant William Buchanan, a deputy from the Avery County Sheriff's Office, was on the list of twelve recipients of this prestigious award from 2015-2016. The group will be will be publicly honored and presented with the Medal of Valor at a later date.
The Medal of Valor is the Nation's highest award for valor by public safety officers and serves to recognize extraordinary acts above and beyond the call of duty.
According to CBS affiliate WJHL, Lt. Buchanan helped pull a man from a burning vehicle, which had crashed in Carter County, Tennessee in February 2016.
"I believe God puts us at certain places at certain times to help people, and I believe that was the case," Lt. Buchanan told WJHL at the time.
Lt. Buchanan and a trained EMT, who also passed the scene, used a towing strap to pull the Jeep's door open and get the victim to safety.
"I just believe God put a bubble around all of us because I didn't feel the flames and didn't get burnt at all," Lt. Buchanan said.
The announcement comes a day after President Trump awarded the Medal of Valor to five first responders who were on the field in Alexandria, Virginia when a heavily-armed assailant opened fire on U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise and about 20 other people, including several members of Congress.
"The bravery of these law enforcement officers saved numerous lives," the release stated.