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Dylan Cornett and family receiving the Heroism Award
courtesy of WHKY's Arianna Mack

N.C. Commissioner Awards HPD Officer with Heroism Award

On January 5, at 1:30 p.m., N.C. Commissioner of Insurance/N.C. State Fire Marshal Mike Causey was in Catawba County to present a Heroism Award to Hickory Police Officer Dylan Cornett. The ceremony took place in Council Chambers in the Julian G. Whitener Municipal Building (City Hall).

On May 1, 2022, at about 2 a.m., the Hickory Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 1602 2nd Avenue S.W. Upon arrival, Firefighters with Engine 3 found a working structure fire in progress at a mobile home.

Officer Cornett drove by the trailer and saw what he thought was a fire in the yard. He circled back around the block and found approximately a quarter of the mobile home on fire. He then began to knock on doors and beat on the trailer to see if anyone was home. After receiving no answer, he proceeded into the trailer at the opposite end from the fire. He came across Allie, a 12-year-old female sleeping on the couch. He got her away from the home and took her to his patrol car.

Allie told Officer Cornett that her nine-year-old cousin, Angel, was still in the home. Officer Cornett went back into the home and found Angel coming down the smoke-filled hallway. Officer Cornett got Angel out of the home and safely to his patrol car.