America's Police Officer Of the Year
by: Larry Smith
Emily Bowman, a frail 72-year-old diabetic, was sleeping in her recliner at 4:30 a.m. onJan. 9 when a fire alarm sounded at Briarleigh Court, a 40-unit apartment complex for the elderly in Hillsville, Va. Instead of going out an exterior door that would have meant safety, the startled senior citizen opened an interior door and stepped into a burning, smoke-filled hallway.
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