November 21, 2015 New York, New York at 64-06 Madison St. in Ridgewood two of New York’s finest raced to a three-story six unit building that was on fire beating other emergency units to teh scene where the dwelling was on fire. They rushed inside to make sure that all residents were out of the building as it filled with smoke. They found a wheel chair bound man on the third floor who was unable to escape the building.
Officers Vincent and Collins rescued the man from the building bringing him safely to the street while suffering smoke inhalation themselves in doing so. They were able to evacuate all other residents from the building as well.
Both officers had to be removed from the scene to the hospital for treatment. We wish them a speedy recovery and offer them the highest praise for their heroic efforts.
This information was obtained from the 104th Precinct Community Council Facebook page which read:
At approximately 11:20 this morning,104 Precinct PO Vincent and PO Collins responded to a 911 call of a residential fire at 64-06 Madison Street (Multi-dwelling 3-floor/6 apartment). They were the first responders at the scene, responding from only a few blocks away, and prior to the arrival of the Fire Department. Upon arrival, they noticed flames emanating from the structure and immediately went inside to evacuate the building. In addition to safely evacuating the entire building, these officers promptly rescued a wheelchair-bound elderly man from his third floor apartment and brought him outside unharmed. As a result the officers suffered smoke inhalation and were removed to the hospital. At this time the Fire Department has deemed the fire to be not suspicious, and to be the result of faulty electrical wiring in the walls. There are no relocations to report and no persons were injured.
Both Captain Wachter, Commanding Officer of the 104 Precinct and myself praise the efforts of Officer Vincent and Officer Collins today, for they literally saved lives. They did what New York City cops do every day, putting themselves in harm’s way to protect others.
Captain Gregory Mackie