Two Receive Awards For Bettering Community

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Two Topekans were honored Wednesday for demonstrating courage and responsibility in helping others.

Safe Streets and Topeka City of Character awarded Ash Davis and Travis Carlile with "Champion of Character" awards. Both were nominated by Topeka Police officers.

Carlile helped police catch a burglar after seeing him prowl in a store parking lot and take items from a vehicle. Davis stopped to help put out a car on fire while the driver got her two children out of the vehicle.

"It's situations like that you can't just sit around and watch things happen, but you have to go and take the initiative to do the right thing," David said. "If we all did that, the city would be a safer place."

Carlile didn't want to speak on camera but said he was just doing his job.

Citizens like Davis and Carlile are recognized with the Character Recognition Project as part of a broader initiative to address crime and make Topeka the safest capital city in America.