An Estevan, Sask., police officer who rushed through a burning building to rescue a toddler has received a Carnegie Medal for extraordinary heroism.

Const. Steven Enns was one of two Canadians named for the honour Thursday, with the other 20 medal winners being Americans.

According to the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, the medal is given "to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others."

Enns was on duty on May 18, 2012, answering a call about a noise dispute.

After he has finished with that case and was leaving, he spotted smoke coming from a nearby two-storey house. He took a closer look and saw flames extending up the back of the house.

Enns banged on the door, told the woman who answered she had to get out, and radioed in the emergency. She told him her two-year-old son and a 24-year-old man were on the second floor.

With the house filling with smoke and flames breaking in from the outside, Enns ran up the staircase and found the boy's bedroom.

He picked up the two-year-old and shielded his face as he made his way to the next bedroom, where Brent Mortimer was sleeping.

Mortimer and Enns, with the boy, fled downstairs. Although the smoke at that point was so thick they couldn't see a thing, they made it outside to safety. 

Enns, 28, suffered minor smoke inhalation and recovered in a day. All the people in the house survived.


Enns, who started his policing career with the Estevan Police Service in 2007, has also been honoured with a Valour Award by the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police.