Raleigh Police Officer Timothy Hathaway was the first responder to arrive at a Jan. 25 apartment blaze. He sped to the scene, grabbed a gas mask from his trunk, and headed into the burning building.
He was able to help several residents of the Mission Valley Apartments to safety and knocked on doors to alert others. On Tuesday, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane read a proclamation honoring Hathaway for bravery.
The blaze broke out amid an ice storm and displaced 36 people in the complex on Avent Ferry Road near N.C. State University. Everyone made it out safely, though Hathaway and five others were taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation.