UTICA, Ind. (WHAS11)-- Indiana Governor Mike Pence made his way to Southern Indiana to say thank you to first responders battling this brutal winter.
Several agencies have been working overtime and 24-hours shifts keeping up with winter storms.
“These are tough Hoosiers,” Gov. Pence said. “These are people who have responded to a call of public service…days like today are really my effort as governor to make sure they know the people of Indiana recognize and appreciate the unique challenges this winter has presented.”
Gov. Pence offered encouraging words to the firefighters, EMS workers, police officers and National Guard members that he met with, telling them the community is proud of their work.
On Thursday, Governor Pence also recognized one special first responder by offering him the Public Safety Award. Last fall, Major Donovan Harrod jumped into a pond when a man’s vehicle was submerging and saved his life.
“It’s a great honor just to be acknowledged like that for anyone,” Harrod said. “We do this job all the time on our own…we don’t look for that every day. We do it because we enjoy this kind of work same for police, same for the fire, EMS, all the emergency services we do this job because we enjoy it.”
Gov. Pence said he believes the hard work of the first responders has made this winter a lot safer for those in the state.