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Lubbock father posthumously awarded medal for heroic act

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David S. Turner was a father, a husband, a longtime member of law enforcement, and a hero.

He spent his last moments sacrificing his safety, for his family.

And now he is the only recipient of this year's Carnegie Medal winners, the highest honor for civilian heroism in the U.S., to represent the state of Texas. 

"I lost the love of my life, I was married to him for 45 years," Deborah Turner, David Turner's wife, said.

On November 20, 2018 he risked his life to save his disabled daughter, Priscilla, when his home on 70th and University went up in flames.

The 70-year-old was badly burned and died the next day from his injuries. 

Priscilla initially survived, but later passed away in February of this year.

"He was not going to come out of that house unless he had Priscilla, which was our youngest daughter. He wasn't going to come out of there, if she wasn't going to come out there with him... so that was the hard part," Deborah Turner said.

Turner was a retired parole officer and former captain of the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office.

His son, David Turner II remembers his father's good heart.

"He was always a friend, he would always listen to anything if anybody needs to talk about anything. He was always just that person you opened up to and that, being in law enforcement, gave him an opportunity to help people everyday. Not just enforcing the law but to actually help people," David Turner II said.

The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission honors civilians who display extraordinary heroism.

Since the fund was created in 1904, it's awarded more than 10, 000 medals and 41.3 million dollars.

"This was just a neat way to let other people know what we already knew, what we got to live with everyday. He was a hero in everyday life, this just lets us share it with the world," David Turner II said.

The family describes David Sr. as a humble person, a big Red Raider fan who loved to cook and someone who was always in a good mood.

A year later, the Turner family, is still recovering from the tragedy.

"A few months later, after the initial fire, someone broke in and trashed the place and set it afire again and burned even worse. It was salvageable the first time, now it's in bad shape," David Turner II said.

But this award, gives them hope. 

"He's in my heart. I feel like he's still around," Deborah Turner said.
The family say they do not know who nominated David for the award, but are thankful for his story to be shared with the world.

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