Braxton teen honored for heroic action in saving neighbor State Fire Marshal, others recognize Tyler Baldwin

In front of his high school peers, friends, and family, Tyler Baldwin was recognized on Wednesday, December 15 for his heroic efforts of pulling his elderly neighbor from a house fire on November 29.
Baldwin was honored in a ceremony with various dignitaries from throughout the state on hand to recognize him for his actions.
Braxton County High School Principal Dr. Tony Minney welcomed everyone to the ceremony followed by Superintendent Kathy Hypes.
Criminal Justice Instructor Lee Given spoke briefly about Baldwin and his goals, including his aspirations to become either an officer with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources or a first responder.
“Tyler is very humble. He doesn’t like to talk about the situation that morning, but Tyler is one of few that would actually do it again. 100 times over, but there’s not many people like Tyler that would take that chance to save a life,” said Given.
Those presenting plaques and certificates of recognition included State Fire Marshal Ken Tyree, John Hoffman, Braxton OES Director, Sutton Volunteer Fire Department Chief, David Long, Ben Spurlock from Senator Joe Manchin’s Office, Delegate Brent Boggs, Rhett Dusenberry on behalf of Congressman Alex Mooney’s Office, and Hannah Goetz with the WOWK Gives Back Award.
Both Fire Marshal Tyree and Chief Long noted that if Baldwin and his family hadn’t noticed the fire and responded quickly a death likely would have resulted.