BALTIMORE (WJZ) — City police officers jumped into action and saved lives after a devastating and rare tornado.  Monday, they shared their stories.  Adam May has details of a special honor for the officers downtown.

A number of Baltimore City police officers will be getting life saving awards for their valor.  A few of them got a special thank you from the mayor and police commander.

“We actually had no idea what we were getting ourselves into,” said one officer.

Four police officers were honored Monday.  They were first on the scene after a tornado hit north Baltimore in the middle of the night, ripping the roof off of four apartment buildings.

“I was looking up and thought, `There’s no ceiling.  I started looking with my flashlight and everything was on the floor,” an officer said.

A man was nearly knocked unconscious, a woman was buried under rubble and her mother lay bleeding on the ground.

“The woman had a large piece of concrete covering her.  She was trapped; she couldn’t move.  She wasn’t making any sounds, either.  I really feared the worst for her but I was relieved.  After they pulled the concrete off of her, she was speaking,” an officer said.

One man who was rescued by the officer said he is extemely grateful. 

The accommodation ceremonies will be sometime next week.


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