Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that it is with great pleasure to present Deputy Kevin Odom with a formal letter of commendation for his bravery and heroism he so demonstrated back during the early morning hours of Sunday, October 2..
Deputy Kevin Odom was dispatched to a structure fire at approximately 1:12 AM, located at 115 N.W. Reedbuck Loop Greenville, Florida (16 Quarters Area). Deputy Odom being assigned to the area of incident arrived on scene at approximately 1:13 AM. Being the 1st Responder to arrive on scene, Deputy Odom advised the Communications center that the structure fire was fully involved and that there were two large residential propane tanks near the structure fire. Deputy Odom identified the residents of 115 N.W. Reedbuck Loop and questioned them concerning everyone being out of the residence.
The owners indicated that everyone was out of the home. Deputy Odom relocated the owners and family to a safe distance away and ensured they were all okay.
Deputy Odom noted a neighboring residence (129 N.W. Reedbuck Loop) approximately 15 feet to the north of the structure fire and a residential propane tank between the two residences. Deputy Odom feared that the fire might spread igniting the neighboring structure and/or the propane tank exploding.
Deputy Odom questioned everyone being out of the neighboring residence and was advised by a juvenile that one subject remained in the neighboring residence and was in a bedroom that had not caught on fire yet. Deputy Odom suddenly heard the pressure relief valve on the residential propane tank begin releasing pressure. Deputy Odom, being the only first responder on scene, ran into the residence and located the subject which appeared passed out on the bed. The subject appeared intoxicated and was very resistant to exit the residence. Deputy Odom extricated the subject from the residence and relocated him to the safe location.
Soon thereafter, the Greenville Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene, followed by Madison Fire Rescue and the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department whom all began fighting the fire.
Deputy Odom’s action’s during a situation of duress emulates the integrity and professionalism we have within the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. The unsolicited demeanor has distinguished Deputy Kevin Odom by heroism involving voluntary risk of life by taking immediate courageous action and humanitarian regard for your fellowman. This reflects great credit upon yourself and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.