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A Shelby County Sheriff’s Department deputy has been recognized by his peers for a heroic effort made earlier this year saving another man’s life.


Deputy Chris King received “The Humanitarian Award” At the 63rd annual East Texas Peace Officers' Association Annual Training Conference and Awards Banquet held recently in Tyler.


The award is given annually to a law enforcement officer that has given of himself, his time, of his efforts, and many times has saved the life of someone or prevented further injury to a victim.


Deputy King was nominated by Sheriff Willis Blackwell and Chief Deputy Shad Sparks for action he took as a house fire on Old Airport Road in Center in January.


The occupant was unable to exit the residence at which time King entered the burning house and pulled the man to safety.


Also at the event, San Augustine Police Chief Gary Fountain was installed as president of the association.


From left, Brit Featherston, 2013-14 ETPOA president, and Deputy Chris King (Photo Courtsey of Walter Shofner)


San Augustine Police Chief Gary Fountain, 2014-14 ETPOA president, and his wife, San Augustine County Deputy Tammy King (Photo Courtesy of Walter Shofner)

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