Bridgeport, Wa,- Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal presented a Medal of Valor to a Bridgeport man who was credited with rescuing his son as the family’s home burned to the ground in January. The Sheriff shared information about the incident in a Facebook post.
“In the early morning hours of January 1st, 2018 Michael and Taralee McFadden of Bridgeport were awakened to find their house on fire. Even though it appeared their only way of escape was through a bedroom window, Michael knew his step son would be trapped in his room. Michael ran through the flames into the boy’s room, scooped the child into his arms, and ran back through the flames and out of the house to safety. Mrs. McFadden was able to escape through the bedroom window. The home was burned to the ground and Mr. McFadden spent 52 days in the hospital recovering from his burns.”
“On March 26th, 2018 I was honored to present Mr. McFadden with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Medal of Valor at a Board of County Commissioners meeting in Waterville.”