Eight Windsor police officers were recognized Tuesday for their bravery and quick response after helping save several people from inside a burning house.

Constables Jeff Dalpe, Brad Snyder, Surjeet Gill, Warren Levack, Anthony Smith, Adam Spinarsky, Mark Kloppenburg and Kandice Scott were honoured.

The police services board presented each one with a certificate noting the strong dedication to their community.

On May 5, police were investigating a vehicle incident when they noticed smoke billowing from a house on Church Street.

Eight people were inside the building, unaware the upper floor was on fire.

Const. Jeff Dalpe describes what he saw that night. He says he had no option but to break into the house.

"We found the whole 2nd floor engulfed in flames,” says Dalpe. "Inside there were several different doors all locked. We began to knock on the doors, weren't getting much response so we decided to force the doors in."

Sgt. Matt D’Asti says they truly went above and beyond the call of duty.

"We are talking about a life and death situation,” says D’Asti. “Where if it hadn’t been for this officers going in, the outcome would have been far worse."

Chief Al Frederick says he couldn't be more proud.

"This is a perfect example of officers willing to put themselves at risk to save members of the community," says Frederick.

Police say they were able to make an arrest close by. A 42-year-old man was charged with arson endangering life.

The officers may be receiving more recondition, word has been circulation the Canadian government will be awarding them medals of bravery.