Elwood, In. during the early hours of the morning while people slept Elwood Police Officer Zachary Taylor was on patrol and noticed smoke coming from a residence. His immediate reaction was to get residents out of the home before any loss of life occurred and was given a hero’s reward for his efforts.
At approximately 3:30 Am.M. after seeing the smoke rising from the home and contacting fire fighters “I needed to make entry to try to get this place cleared while our fire department was being dispatched, in case they were still inside,” Taylor said according to 6ABC.
The resident of the home Ashley Spearman says she woke up to Elwood Police Officer Zachary Taylor bursting through her door.
“I wake up to a police officer kicking in my door and yelling my house was on fire,” she said. “My first instinct was to go grab my children. Luckily, the bedroom for the children was right next door, so I was able to find them real quickly.”
Through Officer Taylor’s efforts 2 adults and 2 children were saved from a potentially fatal house fire. The fire which was investigated appears to have been electrical in nature. While smoke alarms were installed in the house, they did not alert the family to the emergency as the fire’s origin was in the attic above the alarms.
The house was a near total loss along with the family’s possessions but thanks to the quick actions of Officer Taylor the 4 residents survived.
Spearman’s 4-year-old daughter Shauna was one of the people Taylor saved. As thanks for his heroic efforts, all he asked of Shauna was a hug.
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