Police officer who saved children from burning building to be honored

Officer Tim Bowen saved the lives of three children when they were trapped in a burning building in July of 2016. (Photo: Sinclair Broadcast Group / File)

SAN ANTONIO - A local police officer was honored on Monday for saving the lives of three children who were trapped inside a burning building.

Officer Tim Bowen received the December 2016 Officer of the Month award from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund on Monday.

Back in July, Bowen arrived at the Coronado Apartments on Lorene Drive and found four children stuck on the second floor, surrounded by thick, black smoke.

Bowen convinced three of the children to jump from the window and into his arms. A fourth child was rescued by firefighters.

Memorial Fund President and CEO Craig W. Floyd said, "These four children could've been seriously injured or killed in the fire had it not been for Officer Bowen's quick actions and determination to save them. The people of San Antonio are safer knowing there are officers like Timothy Bowen on the force. His act earns him the December 2016 Officer of the Month Award."

Officer Bowen will also be recognized during a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C. in May during National Police Week.

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