3/13/2014 3:00:00 PM Vevay's Bobby Hensley is honored for heroism
Vevay's Bobby Hensley was on his way to work on Tuesday morning, November 12th, when he saw smoke coming from the home of Kay Brindley on Greeley Avenue.
Knowing that a member of the community could possibly be in trouble, Bobby Hensley stopped and headed into the burning home. Once inside, he found Kay Brindley on her couch, and carried her to safety.
For his heroism, Bobby Hensley has received several accolades, including one presented by the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter Association.
On Thursday, February 27th, Bobby Hensley was asked to attend the District 19 meeting of the IVFA at the Delaware Community Fire Department near Osgood. At that meeting, he was presented with the "State Fire Marshal's Service Award" -- the highest honor that a non-firefighter can receive from the Association.
For his bravery, Bobby Hensley was presented with a medallion, a certificate, a lapel pin, and a plague.
The plaque was from the State Fire Marshal's office, and read:
On November 12th, 2013, Vevay Utility worker Bobby Hensley came
across a house with smoke and flames. After immediately calling
the fire department to respond, he realized the house was
occupied. Mr. Hensley crawled into the smoke-filled house to find a
woman. Mr. Hensley pulled the woman to safety and entered the
house a second time to retrieve the woman's dog. Mr. Hensley's
quick actions helped minimize the damage sustained to the home and
For there is no greater tribute to life than the willingness to
protect it with your life
The medallion is suspended from a blue and gold ribbon, which symbolizes the Indiana State Colors; and the state seal is at the center of the medallion, and it is resting on a Maltese Cross, the fire service symbol of bravery and service; and that then rests on a star, which is symbolic of Indiana's 19th star on the American Flag.
Also on the medallion is a partially unfurled banner that contains the word "Valor". According to the official documents, this symbolizes that the individual receiving the award has demonstrated the willingness to protect others and property by placing their own life at risk.
On hand for the presentation was Indiana State Fire Marshal James Greeson; along with members of various fire departments. Bobby Hensley was nominated for the award through a joint effort by several members of the Jefferson-Craig Volunteer Fire Department.
"They had to fill out some paperwork and nominate me," Bobby Hensley said. "They made it happen."
Bobby Hensley was also honored for his bravery by the Town of Vevay at a town council meeting on Tuesday, November 13th, where Vevay Police Chief James Richards presented him with a "Chief's Citation". At that meeting, Vevay Policeman Pete Schonefeld, who was the first officer on the scene that morning, said that he believed..."Because of the amount of smoke coming from the home, Kay Brindley's life was saved by the actions of Bobby Hensley."
As humble now as he was at the time, Bobby Hensley prefers to deflect the attention from himself.
"Anyone would have done the same thing," he said. "Any of you would have gone in to help her, too."