Police Department Recognizes Explosion Heroes

At Monday's Royal Oak City Commission meeting, citizens are praised for their actions following a house explosion on Cooper Avenue.

Praised for rescuing an elderly woman, James Greenway, Kate Sikora and Oakland County Sheriff's Office Detective Sgt. Greg Glover received a Royal Oak Police Department Citizen Award for their actions following a house explosion on Feb. 27.

Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O'Donohue presented a certificate to each at Monday's City Commission meeting.

Greenway, a 2012 Royal Oak High School graduate and an Eagle Scout, was working at Joe's Army Navy when the incident occurred. The explosion blew out the window at the army surplus shop.

"James heard a woman crying for help," said O'Donohue. "He entered the unstable structure through a hole in the wall and located an elderly woman buried under the rubble."

He was able to bring the woman, who said she was the only person in the home, out to safety with the help of Glover and Sikora.

"Kate tended to her wounds, which thankfully were not serious," the chief said.

"These recipients entered a dangerous and extremely volitile environment with no personal protection equipment and without regard for their personal safety to rescue an elderly woman," O'Donohue said.

Cooper Avenue neighbors, Nicholas Sikora and Christopher Chase, and Carl Vargo, who was babysitting his grandchildren across the street, also received certificates for their actions. 

kpn March 05, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Way to go! Nice to hear and glad they were recognized. Would have been nice to hear what he was saying...
anita Heap March 06, 2013 at 01:46 PM
anita Heap March 06, 2013 at 03:13 PM
True Heroes! (Correction)
Cpt Dano March 14, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Way to go James. I'll bet your Mom and Dad are proud as is the Troop. Congrats you are a great young man!
Mark Itall March 14, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Congratulations to all, especially James. Fine work.


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