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Rescue by Texarkana policeman leads to national recognition

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TAPD Officer Peyton Harris saved a woman from this destruction. TAPD Officer Peyton Harris saved a woman from this destruction.
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TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) -

A daring rescue by a Texarkana, Arkansas policeman early last year has led a national charity organization to reward that act of heroism.

Officer Peyton Harris' selfless act happened in February 2012, when he put his life on the line to save a woman who was trapped in a burning house.

Now, The Reach Foundation has recognized the officer and made a nice donation to the entire police department.

The scene was chaotic that February 2012 night when officer Harris rushed to rescue a 71-year-old woman from a burning house fire.

Says Harris: "The family was screaming, 'She is still in there,' and they were pulling her to the window. I ran up there and was trying to feel around, and I finally felt her arm and started pulling her out."

This has been the scene in December over the past 19 years with Texarkana police providing a shopping spree for 100 children as part of the "Shop With A Cop" program.

On Thursday, a relative of the woman rescued in that fire donated $7,500 to the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department from The Reach Foundation in Harris' honor.

"When I saw on the Internet the video of officer Harris doing what I call beyond the call of duty, not acting like a police officer but like a human being ...," it made The Reach Foundation's Mark Wilson vow to return to Texarkana to donate to Shop With A Cop, he says.

Police say the donation will go a long way in providing a happy Christmas for some area kids. Texarkana Police have participated in the Shop With A Cop program for 19 years.

Donor Mark Wilson says he praises the "work the Texarkana Police Department is doing to help children in need, children who have lost hope, and show them there is hope and there are people who care about them."

The Reach Foundation was founded by Mark and Wendy Wilson in 2000. They say that the primary mission of the foundation is to reach out to advocate and help children in need and to provide programs to improve their environment.

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