January 28, 2016 Cottonwood Heights, Utah Two Officers from the Unified Police Department were credited with saving the life or a resident today by quick thinking and fast action.After responding to a house fire Officer Polly Harris who arrived on the scene first secured a ladder to make an attempt to rescue a woman who was trapped on the second floor of the residence.
Officer John Lovato arrived on the scene shortly thereafter and assisted Harris and the two of them were able to bring the woman down safely.
“Between the both of us, we were able to climb the ladder, break the window and help the lady out of the second floor window,” Lovato said.
The woman along with a man were removed from the scene who both occupied the home. They were both taken to the University of Utah Medical Center.
A neighbor named Chad Driscoll who witnessed the event was quoted by the Gephardt daily as saying : “I pulled into my driveway, and the house across the street from us was engulfed in flames. They had a ladder and were rescuing the older lady who lives there through the second floor window.”
“It (the fire) worked its way up to the attic,” Driscoll said. “And unfortunately, the lady’s room was right on top of the garage where he was.”
According to Unified Fire Authority Battalion Chief Brian Anderton the fire was believed to have begun in the home’s garage, where the man was working with gasoline when a shop lamp ignited the fuel.