Two Ohio police officers are being praised for their heroic rescue of an elderly couple from a house fire on Christmas Eve.
According to police, a woman called 9-1-1 at around 10:50 a.m. to report that her home in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid was on fire.
“It’s a kitchen fire,” the woman told dispatchers, noting that there were two people in their 80s inside the home.
“Please hurry,” she added frantically.
The dispatcher then asked if they could leave the home, to which the woman replied that they were both handicapped and could not get out.
Euclid Police Officers Trevor Thomas and George Harper quickly arrived on the scene before the Euclid Fire Department and were able to enter the home and locate the couple. Thomas helped the woman, while Harper assisted her husband.
Firefighters arrived soon after to put out the flames.
“These officers did an amazing job,” Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer said. “They did not hesitate and went right in to help.”
Neither the victims nor the officers were injured.
“Chief Meyer and I are extremely humbled by the selflessness of these two heroes,” Public Information Officer Captain Mitch Houser said. “Without a thought to their own safety, they acted quickly and rescued an elderly couple. We are all extremely grateful that neither the residents nor the officers were injured.”