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PCSD sergeant receives prestigious award

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TUCSON - A Pima County Sheriff's sergeant is awarded the prestigious Carnegie Hero Fund Commission Award.

He is one of 19 recipients in the country.

It's an award given to individuals in the United States and Canada who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree saving or attempting to save the lives of others.

Sgt. Brian Kunze was presented the award at the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.

He told News 4 Tucson, he was honored to receive the award but also credited the training and the men and women he works with.

"I'm as good as the guys I supervise. I had, and I still have a really good squad and they were there," Kunze said. "I thank every one of them because you get strength from the people that are around you at the time."

Kunze received the award after the saving the life of an elderly woman who was bedridden.  It was  June of 2016 when he and other deputies responded to a domestic violence call that turned deadly.

When they arrived one woman ran out of the house but her mother was left behind, the woman claimed her son was mentally ill and was holding them hostage. She managed to escape.

Her son started a fire inside, there was an explosion, Sgt. Kunze went in through a window and rescued the 82-year-old bedridden grandmother.

The grandson died inside the house.

Sgt. Kunze is a 23-year veteran of PCSD.

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