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Officers honored for saving Alzheimer patient

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Savannah-Chatham Metro Police honored officers and citizens for their work in the community Friday.

There were so many amazing stories, an officer honored for pulling a wheel chair bound woman from a burning home, another given the purple heart after being run over by a suspect and a K-team risking their lives in a shootout.

"I thank God for those three police officers that saved his life," said Jessie Tyler.

On Oct. 4, 2013 Patrol Officer Cameron Nichols and Lt. Dan Flood responded to a call for a missing person at Savannah Cottage on Whitebluff Road, an in-house care facility for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

One of the residents, Hubert Tyler, wandered off.

"He wandered out of the retirement home," said Nichols. "He was staying in and I went down off the pier and I heard a noise coming from out of the marsh. I saw him about 20-25 yards out in the marsh. I radioed for help. Me and Lt. Dan Floyd jumped in the water and pulled him out."

"I am so glad they had the courage and their life was at stake and they saved my husband," said Tyler.

On Thursday, Lt. Floyd and APO Nichols were given life saving medals for rescuing Hubert Tyler.

"It feels great the department would acknowledge this but more importantly it was more important we were able to save Mr. Tyler in time," said Nichols.

It was also a chance for Mrs. Tyler to show her gratitude.

"Thank you guys because you guys did a good job," said Tyler. "I always said how great you were putting your life at stake to save my husband."

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