Mitch Daniels honors 2 who responded to fire

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Two people that helped evacuate residents from a burning apartment complex are being honored by Purdue University.

President Mitch Daniels honored Gregory Cohen and Kevin Thedans with the One Brick Higher Award.

On the morning of April 24, a fire broke out at Riverbend Apartments just south of campus. Cohen lives in the complex, saw the fire and began getting people out. Thedans was driving on Tapawingo Drive when he saw flames and drove over to help.

Thedans is a 22-year Army veteran and Cohen is in the Purdue Army ROTC. Thedans said he is proud of the courage Cohen showed that morning.

“What he did there that day and what he was doing, I think, showed a lot of discipline on his part. Being that he is affiliated with the military, it probably means a little more to me, than it would somebody else. To see somebody act in the manner that he did,” Thedans said.

Cody Day, 22, of Connersville, Ind. died in the fire. Cohen said he did make contact with Day and warned him of the fire. He said Day was awake, but does not know why he didn’t leave the apartment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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