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Purdue President Mitch Daniels took time Thursday to honor two men who helped evacuate residents from an off-campus apartment that was totaled by fire earlier this month.

Daniels gave the school’s “One Brick Higher” award to sophomore ROTC cadet Greg Cohen and to 28-year employee Kevin Thedans.

Both helped rescue people from the blaze, which took the life of 22-year-old Cody Day.

Daniels says he talked with both men in the days leading up to the ceremony, and neither sought praise.

Purdue's ROTC graduates 20

Dec 17, 2012

The United States military is getting new officers from Purdue.

The university’s Reserve Officer Training Corps graduated 20 students, Monday, who took the oath of office to join their respective branches of the armed services.

Eight of the graduates are part of the Army program, seven are from the Navy, four from the Air Force, and there was one Marine graduate.

Major Paul Heslin is the Executive Officer for the university’s Army ROTC.

He says the graduates join a special group who has completed the program on the West Lafayette campus.