A Farmington resident remains in stable condition at Beaumont Farmington Hills Hospital, after a Farmington Public Safety officer rescued her from a February 15 house fire.
According to a press release, officers responded around 2:15 p.m. to a medical alarm at a duplex in the area of Grand River Avenue and Cass Street. The first responding officers spoke with a man in the lower level, who said the alarm didn’t come from his home, but that his mother-in-law lived in the upper unit.
The officer went to check on the woman, and when he opened the door leading to the stairway, he found heavy smoke. After calling out, he heard the voice of a woman calling back for help but couldn’t see her.
The officer quickly retrieved an extinguisher from his vehicle, then put out the fire separating him from where he believed the woman was located, as she continued to call out for help.
“Disregarding his own safety in the dangerous and smoke filled environment, the officer crawled into the unit and made it in approximately 15 feet when he saw the woman’s legs. He then grabbed her and dragged her to safety,” the release continued.
Other officers helped carry the woman downstairs, where she was treated by paramedics. The woman and the officer were both taken to the hospital; the officer was treated for smoke inhalation and released.
The cause of the fire, which only damaged the upper unit, appears to have been food left unattended on the stove. Investigators later learned that the woman was in the kitchen preparing something to eat when she slipped and fell. Unable to get up, she activated her medical alert button.
“Farmington Public Safety officers put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect our residents,” Farmington Public Safety Director Frank Demers said. “This incident serves as a shining example of their commitment to do whatever it takes to save a life, including sacrifice their own.”