CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two U.S. Air Force airmen who helped a family as their house burned in western Nebraska have been awarded commendation medals.

Airmen 1st Class Cristopher Horton of Kalkaska, Michigan and Christian Reid of Littleton, Colorado received the medals Friday from Col. Damien Schlussel, the commander of the 90th Security Forces at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that while on a patrol near Dix, Nebraska on Nov. 6 they saw a person run across the street as if something were wrong and went to investigate. After seeing a fire on the roof of a house, they knocked on the door to alert the family of four inside. They were able to evacuate along with their pets.

F.E. Warren oversees dozens of nuclear missiles in silos scattered across rural southeastern Wyoming, western Nebraska and northeastern Colorado.

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