Bobby Hensley honored for heroism at town fire

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Vevay Police Chief James Richards presented Bobby Hensley with a Chief’s Citation on Tuesday night at the Vevay Town Council meeting in recognition of his heroic acts during a fire on Tuesday morning.

James Richards said that at approximately 8:06 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Bobby Hensley, who is a Vevay town employee, came upon a fire at the home of Kay Brindley at 309 Greeley Avenue.

Noticing fire coming from the back of the home, Bobby Hensley attempted to enter the residence, but was overwhelmed by the amount of smoke.

Chief Richards said that Bobby Hensley then went to the front door and called for Kay Brindley. When she responded from inside the home, he went back into the burning house and found Kay Brindley lying on a couch. He picked her up and carried her out of the house to safety.

Vevay town officer Pete Schonfeld, who was the first officer at the scene, said that he believed that with the amount of smoke coming from the home, Kay Brindley’s life was saved by the actions of Bobby Hensley.

At Tuesday night’s town council meeting, Bobby Hensley diverted praise for his actions to others, not wanting acclaim for what he did earlier in the day.

“Anyone would have done the same thing,” he said softly. “Any of you would have gone in to help her, too.”