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Hillsboro man honored for life-saving rescue

Hillsboro man honored for life-saving rescue
Hillsboro Mayor Jeff Willey (left) and Fire Chief Greg Nelson (right) presented Clifford Pepper (center) with the Civilian Medal of Honor Tuesday night.

HILLSBORO, Ore. – A Hillsboro man who rescued a woman from her burning house last year was honored at Tuesday night's Hillsboro City Council meeting.

Hillsboro Fire Chief Greg Nelson and Mayor Jerry Willey presented Clifford Pepper with the Civilian Medal of Honor.

Pepper, who is a contractor and former volunteer firefighter, was working at a Hillsboro building on Dec. 14, 2012, when he heard a smoke alarm around the corner. He called 911 when he saw smoke coming from the window of a nearby home.

Pepper discovered that a woman with limited mobility was trapped inside the house. He rushed in, picked her up and carried her outside, where they waited for firefighters and medics to arrive.

The woman was not hurt.

“We are grateful to any and all persons who selflessly step in and come to the aid of a fellow citizen,” said Nelson. “For these actions that resulted in the saving of another person’s life, we’re proud to present this life-saving award and medal of valor to Clifford Pepper.”