Terry Traynor, a Maintenance Supervisor I at the Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia, was presented with the Department’s Award of Valor last week after his heroic efforts in early January.
On January 6, at approximately 7:03 p.m., a fire broke out at the house of Traynor’s neighbor. After calling 9-1-1, Traynor assisted another neighbor in getting the young female neighbor out of the house. When the fire progressed, the young lady tried to re-enter the burning structure. Traynor and another neighbor prevented her from doing so.
The fire gutted the home but the young lady only suffered a burn on her arm and smoke inhalation due to the courageous actions of Traynor and the other neighbor.
During this incident, Traynor observed a fellow human being in jeopardy and responded quickly with little regard for his own safety.
His quick response to the scene prevented tragic physical injury from occurring to this neighbor.
Along with Traynor’s fellow employees, special guests for the ceremony were his wife Sandy Traynor, daughter Julie Moore, George Lombardi (Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections), Jim Hansen (State Representative), and Cyndi Prudden (Deputy Division Director, Missouri Department of Corrections).