Matthew Cochran was recently honored as the National State Trooper of the Year by the American Associates of State Troopers.
"Every time we hear a call for a fire that night comes back to mind," said Trooper Cochran. as he drove back to the Briar Court Apartments in Hillsville.
"It's something I hope to never have to do again," he said.
Cochran was one of the first people on scene when a fire broke out in the early morning hours of January 9, 2010.
"The flames were coming out the side of the building. The smoke going into the hallway, you could feel the pressure, it was so thick. The heat off it was very intense. Once you stepped inside the building you couldn't see your hand in front of your face," remembers Cochran.
Cochran could hear a woman trapped inside. He and a Carroll County deputy ran inside to help.
"It wasn't a choice to not go in," he said. "Hearing her scream is motivation to go in. You know she's still alive and you have a chance to get her out. And we did," he said humbly.
Memories of the rescue are still vivid for Cochran. Residents who lived through the fire are also having a hard time forgetting that January night.
"It took me a while when I came back to get used to it and everything, I kept having nightmares about it," said May Myers, a resident who lost everything in the fire.
"No I don't want to go through it again, No way," said resident Bobby Willard.
The residents credit Cochran, and the dozens of other emergency officials who responded that night, with saving their lives.
"I don't think anyone would have done anything different, if they were in law enforcement or not," said Cochran.
Trooper Cochran traveled to San Antonio, Texas on June 14 to receive the national award.
A Virginia trooper from this area has been named Trooper of the Year.
Matthew Cochran has been named the American Association of State Troopers 2011 Trooper of the Year.
He is being recognized after he rushed into this burning complex last year in Carroll County.
Cochran went in to save a woman.
The heat was so hot - his uniform melted.
Moments later the roof collapsed.