National Group Honors Va. Trooper for Child Rescue

June 8, 2010

A national police group is honoring a Virginia State Police trooper who rescued a 3-year-old girl from a burning car.

The American Association of State Troopers has named 44-year-old Trooper Kurt Johnson as its 2010 Trooper of the Year.

Johnson pulled the child out of the burning car after the girl's mother and two siblings were able to escape following a crash in Pastoria on Feb. 6, 2009.

Troopers association President Tommy Moore said Tuesday that Johnson's quick thinking saved a child's life.

Johnson received the award last week during a luncheon in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. In December, he received a Carnegie medal for heroism.

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