If you came across a structure fire would you run inside or wait for the fire department to arrive? For two Troop B Officers, waiting wasn't an option.
Sergeant Nicholas Berry and Corporal Kyle Easley responded to the report of a fire at approximately 12:37 a.m. on February 1. The Cairo Senior Citizen Apartments, located in Cairo, had flames coming from the roof and southwest portion of the apartment building. It was evident the fire was spreading rapidly and immediate evacuation was crucial. Sergeant Berry and Corporal Easley quickly entered the smoke filled apartments and were able to locate the three elderly tenants who lived at this residence. They were all quickly removed from their apartments, evaluated by ambulance personnel and released to their families. Sergeant Berry and Corporal Easley then assisted firefighters with moving vehicles away from the structure to prevent further damage. And on Monday, April 8, Sergeant Berry and Corporal Easley were recognized for their heroism at the Troop B Headquarters.
State Director Janie Dunning of USDA Rural Development, which provides financial support to senior citizen centers, presented plaques of appreciation to both officers for their heroic acts on February 1.
"We have had several deaths already this year where fires have occurred in our multifamily complexes and they have been unable to get out," said Dunning. "They didn't have a Sergeant Berry or Corporal Easley close by who took the time and did what they did."
"It is nice to be recognized, but at the same time it's part of what we do every day," said Corporal Easley after the presentation. "I just did what needed to be done