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By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published February 25, 2019

A Farmington Public Safety officer helped save a woman from her smoke-filled duplex in the area of Grand River Avenue and Cass Street at around 2:15 p.m. Feb. 15, according to a police report.

Police were dispatched on a medical alarm to the duplex, and encountered the Farmington woman on the upper level of the duplex, where fire was. The woman, according to the police report, had left food unattended on the stove, and it caught fire.

Investigators later discovered that the victim had been in the kitchen preparing food when she slipped and fell. She did not have the ability to get up, and she activated her medical alert button, which brought the police out.

When an officer arrived, a resident of the lower level of the duplex informed the officer that resident’s mother in law lived in the upper unit.

The officer made his way up the stairs to the upper unit to check on the woman and opened the door to the stairway, revealing heavy smoke coming from the inside of the home, the report states.  The officer called out to see if anyone was inside and heard the voice of a woman calling for help. The officer could not see the woman through the smoke.

The officer returned to his patrol vehicle and retrieved a fire extinguisher, then returned to the upper-level home and extinguished a portion of the fire to try to locate the victim, who “continued to call out for help,” the report states.

The officer then crawled into the unit and had made it in about 15 feet when he saw the woman’s legs. He grabbed her and pulled her to safety; she remained alert and responsive.

Other officers arrived to assist and helped bring the woman down the stairs, where she was given care by paramedics.

The victim and the officer were transported to Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills, for smoke inhalation. The victim remains in stable condition, and the officer was treated and released.

Farmington Public Safety Director Frank Demers said in the release that “Farmington Public Safety officers put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect our residents. This incident serves as a shining example of their commitment to do whatever it takes to save a life, including sacrifice their own.”

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