Kentucky police have honored a pizza delivery driver they say rescued two girls who were being abused by their father. Mark Buede was honored Tuesday by the Lexington Police Department, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. Police say Buede was delivering a pizza to an area motel last November and knocked on the door, which opened to reveal a man and a naked child on a bed behind him. Police say the scene caused Buede to alert authorities, who responded and found two girls hiding in the room.
They say a subsequent investigation led authorities to believe the man had been abusing his daughters. Police didn't release the man's identity, but said he was charged with multiple offenses, the AP reports. Other people, including the involved officers, were also honored Tuesday. Police say the girls would likely have suffered further abuse if Buede hadn't intervened. "I've got kids," he tells the Herald-Leader. "I'm going to protect kids if I can." He says police spoke to him a few times after he made the call, but he wasn't aware of the outcome of the investigation until he read about it in the awards program.
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