It is with highest commendation that we recognize Cottonwood Police Officer George William Taylor as a nominee for the 2012 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement, Alabama's highest law enforcement award for extraordinary courage in the line of duty.

On September 9, 2011, Cottonwood Police Officer George William Taylor and his partner responded to a call regarding a structure fire that he determined to be an occupied residence; and upon arrival, Officer Taylor heard a resident calling for help; Officer Taylor crawled beneath the smoke and heat to locate and pull the resident from the burning structure with the assistance from another officer; the actions of Officer Taylor saved a life at the expense of his own safety and health; and as Officer Taylor was exiting the building, an explosion occurred blowing Officer Taylor from the building's porch and causing him to strike his head; Officer Taylor suffered traumatic brain injury resulting in seizures; since the accident, Officer Taylor has been on medical leave. Officer Taylor is a worthy exemplar of those caring and dedicated men and women who stand ever ready to provide prompt and professional response in times of crisis, and he is highly deserving of this distinguished nomination for the Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement.