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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A Salt Lake City police detective has won an award for her quick actions when a neighbor's house caught fire.
Police detective Keri Sanders was off duty one day early last month. She was on her front porch feeding her son when she noticed smoke coming from the apartment across the street.
She ran around back and found a mother and three small kids trapped on a balcony as the flames grew hotter. She quickly fetched a ladder, carried and carried the two children to safety before the mother climbed down.
Sanders was named officer of the year by the local chapter of the International Footprinters Organization. The group encourages respect and cooperation between law enforcement and the community.
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