Kettering officer receives Medal of Valor

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – A Kettering police officer receives the highest honor his department can give in a special ceremony Tuesday.

Officer John Jung received the Medal of Valor for his actions during a fatal fire in December 2013.

Officer Jung responded to a fire at 1963 Craig Drive. The house was fully involved, but Jung tried to save a man lying on the ground. He made several attempts to reach the victim, but the heat and flames prevented him from saving the man.

Jung suffered burns as he made the rescue attempt, even throwing snow on his injuries to try and treat himself.

“It was overwhelming. I mean I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared. It was intense.”

Fatal fire on Craig Drive in Kettering kills four family members.  (WDTN Photo)
Fatal fire on Craig Drive in Kettering kills four family members. (WDTN Photo)

Police Chief James O’Dell says Jung showed extraordinary selflessness and bravery in his rescue attempt.

The Medal of Valor is awarded for an act that “involves extreme risk to the life of an employee and which is performed above and beyond the call of duty.”

The fire took the lives of four Craig family members that December day, including the grandfather that Jung tried to save.

“At the time of that event, my son was about two months from being born I remember after that night, I got home and messaged my whole family and said extra ‘I love you’s’ to everybody I knew.”

The mother and two sons also perished in the fire.

The medal ceremony took place at the Kettering City Council meeting Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the city council chambers on Shroyer Road.

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