TUCSON – In 2016, Sgt. Brian Kunze was able to save a woman from an explosion and burning residence on Tucson’s northwest side.
Friday, Kunze was presented with the Congressional Badge of Bravery for his life-saving efforts. Kunze went into a house that already exploded and was on fire.
Despite the risk, Kunze saved a woman by helping her through a window. Kunze sustained injuries that required hospital treatment.
“His instinct is to do the right thing. His instinct is to risk his life to save others,” Chief Deputy Byron Gwaltney said. “His instinct is to take care of the deputies that work for him and the people that he’s responsible for in his patrol area. That’s who Brian is.”
At the event, Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier called this an extreme act of bravery and said he is proud to be the sheriff for a department of heroes.
The award was presented by Congressman Raul Grijalva at the Sheriff’s Department Headquarters.