The honours continue to come in for Estevan Police Service Constable Steven Enns.
Enns has been revealed as one of 22 recipients of the Carnegie Award, which is handed out by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission to individuals who risk their lives while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.
The Carnegie Fund is based out of Pittsburgh. Enns is one of only two recipients from Canada; the others are from the U.S.
“They say it's for an act of heroism for somebody who puts their life on the line to save others,” said Enns.
Enns saved the lives of four people from a house fire in the 1200 block of Sixth Street in May of 2012. He spotted potted smoke coming from outside the house, and as he approached the scene, he saw flames from the back of the house.
He was able to wake up the sleeping residents and get them out of the house, which was filling up with smoke. One occupant suffered minor injuries when windows broke due to the heat.
Enns maintains that he was in “the right place at the right time.” He hopes that if his family was in a similar situation, that somebody would be able to rescue them.
“I don't see (what I did) as heroism,” said Enns.
Enns said he never expected any of the recognitions that he has received during the last year-and-a-half, and the notoriety gained by his rescue has been a little overwhelming at times.
“I'm glad I was there,” said Enns. “I'm glad it worked out well.”
In the case of this latest award, Enns said it's a great feeling, but he was shocked when he was informed.
The award bio from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission chronicled the actions that Enns took to save the lives of the home's residents, including a father and son.
“Enns entered the house and after a search, located the staircase and ascended,” the bio stated. “By then, flames had broken into the rear of the structure and smoke was intensifying throughout it.”
As Enns exited the house with two members of the family, the smoke had significantly reduced visibility.
Enns suffered minor smoke inhalation during the rescue, but recovered within a day.
The medal is expected to arrive in the next few weeks.
Earlier this year, Enns was presented with the Valor Award by the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police for his actions.