Five U.S. Border Patrol agents were honored with their agency’s highest award Friday for their efforts to rescue a 5-year-old boy who was killed after a logging truck spilled its logs into the home where he was sleeping.

According to a news release, the agents were cited for crawling and digging through the wreckage of the Jackman home to rescue Liam Mahaney, the son of a fellow Border Patrol agent, in July.

Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Erich S. Rohr and Border Patrol agents Christopher J. Dlugokinski, Gabriel Pratt, Michael Mielnicki and Abraham Reeder received the Newton-Azrak Award in Washington D.C.

The award is given annually for bravery or heroism and is named after Border Patrol agents Theodore L. Newton Jr. and George F. Azrak who were killed in 1967, according to the release from U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which includes the patrol.

The family of patrol agent Gary Mahaney and his wife, Christina, were asleep in the home during the truck accident, which spilled tree-length logs through the west wall of the home, causing the second story to collapse to ground level.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commission David V. Aguilar also presented Border Patrol agents Russell D. Radataz and Sterling W. Goldston with the Meritorious Service Award for Valor.

They were honored for saving the lives of bus passengers and bystanders from an unstable person who claimed to have a bomb in March in Houlton.

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