13 LAPD officers awarded decade later; saved 80 from fire

By Patrick McGreevy
Los Angeles Times

It was an act of bravery on an unusual scale: Thirteen Los Angeles police officers repeatedly entered a fire-engulfed retirement home, kicking down locked doors and navigating smoke-choked hallways to rescue 80 senior citizens.

But somehow, due to a bureaucratic mix-up, the 1996 incident never received official recognition from the LAPD.

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