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Sergeant receives award for bravery

Police Sgt. Eric Wisnouskas receives an award from the American Legion, Department of Massachusetts Law and Order Committee, on June 8, 2013.

Police Sgt. Eric Wisnouskas receives an award from the American Legion, Department of Massachusetts Law and Order Committee, on June 8, 2013.

LONGMEADOW – Police Sgt. Eric Wisnouskas received an award from the American Legion, Department of Massachusetts Law and Order Committee, on June 8, 2013 in Plymouth in recognition for his heroic actions above and beyond the call of duty.
Over the course of the year, newspaper articles, police reports and news stories from across the state are reviewed by a committee. Nominees are then chosen for the award. This year, 37 nominees were accepted and of those, nine were chosen to receive this prestigious award. This is the highest award given by the American Legion. Of the nine chosen this year, six were police officers, two were firefighters and one was a civilian.
Wisnouskas received this award for his brave actions taken during the early morning hours of May 21, 2012. Officers and firefighters were dispatched to 57 Cobblestone Road for a report of a house on fire. Wisnouskas, the first to arrive on the scene, was alerted by the homeowner’s son that his mother was still inside. Wisnouskas entered the house despite the interior being fully engulfed in smoke. He ascended the stairs to the second floor and was forced to retreat due to the thick and acrid smoke. Armed with a wet towel, he covered his mouth and nose before he made his second attempt to search the second floor. On his hands and knees and feeling around with his free hand, he located the foot of the unconscious homeowner and carried her down the stairs and out of the house to safety.
Wisnouskas’s family along with Chief Robert Siano was in attendance at the ceremony.