NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A hero firefighter from Brooklyn will receive the nation’s highest public safety honor.

Ladder 132’s Peter Demontreux is one of 18 police officers, firefighters and public safety officers who will be awarded the Medal of Valor on Wednesday.

The award recognizes those who risk their own safety to save or protect others.

In August 2010, Demontreux was rescuing a man from a burning brownstone in Bedford-Stuyvesant when an entire floor of the building exploded.

Demontreux was set on fire but managed to get the man safely onto an aerial ladder before diving out of the building. The man survived.

Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder will present the medals at a ceremony at the White House.

Four of the recipients died in the line of duty and will receive the medals posthumously.

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