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      Troopers awarded for saving lives

      Sergeant Nicholas Berry and Corporal Kyle Easley were awarded certificates of appreciation by the USDA Rural Development.

      On February I, a fire engulfed the senior citizen housing complex in Cairo, Mo. While the fire left the apartments a total loss, two state troopers prevented this story from being far more tragic.

      Sergeant Nicholas Berry and Corporal Kyle Easley responded to the rapidly spreading fire and entered multiple rooms of the complex to help evacuate three elderly tenants.

      After getting them out safely, Berry and Easley continued their service by helping firefighters by moving vehicles away from the structure fire to prevent further loss. Today, the two troopers were rewarded for their heroic efforts.

      They were given "certificates of appreciation" by USDA Rural Development.

      ??For both of them to be patrolling in that area, but for them being there, but for them breaking the doors down, but them going in and help we probably would have had a loss for lives and that is something we really don't like. Throughout the state this year we've had several fires in several of our complexes and there have been lives lost and I am just so grateful to these two fine young men that we didn't have any lives lost,?? said Janie Dunning, state director of USDA World Development.

      Both troopers were happy to accept the award, but insist that they were just at the right place at the right time and were simply doing what was expected of them.