The 24,000 Missouri men and women who run into burning buildings and homes to save lives were honored for their bravery.
During a ceremony today at the state Capitol in Jefferson City, State Fire Marshall Tim Bean tells the Missourinet that it takes special people to sacrifice their safety to help others.
Missouri Public Safety Director Drew Juden says 34 people have died this year in a fire – all but one was killed in a home that did not have a working smoke detector.
Juden says there is no reason people should be dying from lack of smoke detectors.
Missouri’s Division of Fire Safety and the Red Cross have launched a program – called Sound the Alarm - that gives away free smoke detectors and also installs them for people in Missouri.