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Men deserve recognition for heroism

February 8, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Hearing someone express being grateful for family and friends is not all that uncommon. Showing a deep appreciation for the random act of a total stranger is something that doesn't happen every day - but it did just this week in Mill Creek.

Sunday at around 12:30 a.m., a motorist passing through Mill Creek saw that a house was ablaze. He quickly made his way to Valley View Motel to call 911. While thoughtful and responsible, that reaction is not all that unusual. What this motorist and motel employee Mike Defibaugh did after that is nothing short of heroism. The two returned to the home and banged on the door until the residents woke up and were able to escape safely.

"If it hadn't been for those two, I may have lost my family," Steve Murray, owner of the home, said.

Obviously, Murray has reason for offering extreme gratitude toward Defibaugh and the motorist. As residents, we also should commend these men. Counting them among our community members is a true blessing. The two should be considered as role models and receive public recognition.

However, there is one problem. Neither Murray nor Defibaugh seem to know the name of the motorist. If anyone can identify him, we'd love to hear from you. Call us at 304-636-2124.



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