Farmington city council members on Monday honored a Public Safety officer who recently risked his own life to save an elderly woman from a house fire.
Public Safety Director Frank Demers described the actions Sgt. Reginald Madeline took on February 15, as the first responding officer to an alarm at a duplex in the area of Grand River and Cass. A resident on the lower level told Madeline the alarm didn’t come from his unit, but that his mother-in-law lived upstairs.
When Madeline opened the door leading to the stairway, he found heavy smoke. He called out, and a woman called back asking for help. Madeline grabbed an extinguisher from his vehicle and doused the kitchen fire, Demers said, then braved the thick smoke twice, crawling 15 feet into the unit before he was able to grab the woman’s legs and pull her to safety.
“She suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation, and because of the heroic acts of Sergeant Madeline, she is alive today and recovering,” Demers said.
In addition to a proclamation, council member Bill Galvin presented Madeline with a Matchbox fire and rescue Jeep, recognizing the officer’s appreciation for the vehicle.