Purdue president honors two who responded to fire

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Purdue University's president is thanking a Purdue student and a campus employee for alerting residents at an apartment complex about a fire that eventually killed a young man.

President Mitch Daniels praised sophomore Gregory Cohen and school employee Kevin Thedans on Thursday for their actions and courage in helping protect the residents' lives.

The Journal & Courier reports  Daniels presented both men with the One Brick Higher Award for their actions during the pre-dawn April 24 fire that gutted a West Lafayette apartment building.

Daniels says the men "put themselves at risk and by all accounts are responsible for the safety of a number of other people" and possibly saved lived.

The fire killed 22-year-old Cody Ryan Day of Connersville, who was visiting friends at Purdue.

Information from: Journal and Courier

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