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3 Peru firefighters receive state award

State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, (left) speaks with (from left) Peru Fire Chief Jeff King, Fire Lt. Neil Nadolski, firefighter Alex Duncan and firefighter Ben Bentley. Nadolski, Duncan and Bentley received Firefighter Excellence Awards on Monday in Springfield.
State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, (left) speaks with (from left) Peru Fire Chief Jeff King, Fire Lt. Neil Nadolski, firefighter Alex Duncan and firefighter Ben Bentley. Nadolski, Duncan and Bentley received Firefighter Excellence Awards on Monday in Springfield.

Fourteen firefighters received the Firefighter Excellence Award for an act of service in the line of duty, demonstrating excellence and professionalism in service to the citizens of Illinois.

Three Peru firefighters — Fire Lt. Neil Nadolski, firefighter Alex Duncan and firefighter Ben Bentley — were among the group honored during the 25th annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Firefighting Medal of Honor Award ceremony Monday in Springfield.

The three Peru firefighters received the award after rescuing a woman in a fire in the 300 block of Gooding Street in La Salle last September. The woman died later from her injuries.

Firefighters John “Mike” Cummins, of the Homer Fire Protection District, and Lawrence Matthews, of the Dolton Fire Department, were honored for their heroic sacrifice. Their families were presented with the Duty Death Gold Badge by Fire Marshal Matt Perez.

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