A group of police officers in Columbus, Ohio, are being hailed as heroes after their swift response to a house fire, where they risked their lives to save multiple residents trapped inside.
The incident occurred in the early hours on the morning of September 26 in the Hilltop neighborhood of Columbus. While responding to a separate call, the officers noticed flames engulfing a nearby residential building. Without hesitation, they rushed to the scene, fully aware of the potential danger.
Dramatic body-camera footage captured the subsequent rescue mission. In the video, one officer could be seen sprinting toward the burning building, which was engulfed in thick smoke and intense flames, to save those inside.
As the officers reached the scene, they immediately started searching the residence for trapped individuals. While assisting residents in evacuating the building, officers asked if there were more people inside. One resident, an elderly woman, was quickly found by one of the officers and helped to safety.
Thanks to their prompt actions, the woman’s life was saved, although she was in critical condition due to burns and smoke inhalation. Thankfully, her condition has since improved with medical treatment.
The fire, which authorities believe was caused by an electrical issue, posed a threat to all the building’s occupants. Residents of other units were also awakened and guided to safety by the officers, preventing a potential tragedy that could have resulted in multiple casualties.
“If they hadn’t been here when they were here doing whatever they were doing up the street, none of us probably would be here today. They saved our lives,” one resident told WCMH.
The Columbus Division of Police, in a statement on Facebook, commended the bravery of the officers, acknowledging that their heroic efforts had saved lives.
“Their bravery and quick thinking saved lives today, reminding us all of the selflessness and dedication our officers show day in and day out,” the department wrote.
The post garnered significant attention on social media, with numerous comments and reactions from the community expressing gratitude and admiration for the officers’ life-saving actions.
“We need more police officers like these guys,” one Facebook user wrote.