Virginia State Trooper Matt Cochran, 28, has been named Police Office of the Year by Parade magazine and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Cochran was honored for rescuing a 72-year-old woman from a fire at an apartment complex for the elderly in Hillsville, Va.
The IACP will honor Cochran — and 20 other exceptional officers from across the U.S. — at its annual convention in Orlando this week. The fire victim, Emily Bowman, spent a week in a hospital recovering from smoke inhalation. “Without Trooper Cochran, I would have died in that fire,” she said.