By Yessenia Anderson
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The city of Grants Pass is recognizing one of its own after the officer headed straight into a raging fire to save the man trapped inside.
After spotting the victim on the balcony, Officer John Lorhfink said he didn’t think twice before running up a staircase in an attempt to save his life.
“I believe that he could be severely injured or killed in the fire,” said Officer Lorhfink.
While the flames weren’t enough to keep officer Jon Lohrfink out, they did make for a challenging rescue.
“As I grabbed him by his pants, right by his belt I had slipped back and instinctively grabbed the medal railing,” said Officer Lorhfink.
The fall would lead to second degree burns on his hands and face. But shortly after, Lorhfink would slip again.
“I later learned that I had slipped and fell because of the souls of my feet had melted of because of the intense heat,” said Officer Lorhfink.
On Wednesday, he was awarded the Medal of Valor, the highest honor given to a police officer. He said he was just doing his job others feel differently.
“He’s the best dad in the world,” said Jack Lohrfink.
“We’re certainly proud of his actions and of what he did,” said Police Chief Joe Henner.
“He has a family, a wife, kids and he risked his life to save somebody else’s life,” said Kayla LeMaster.
When we presented him with the same scenario, he once again acted quickly.
“Absolutely. I don’t even have to think about that, you know, that’s what we are here to do; that’s what I signed up for,” Officer Lorhfink.
The complex section is gated off and everything is starting to return to normal. Officer Lorhfink is back at work now that his wounds have healed enough for him to perform his normal duties.