KPD officers say they're not heroes after rescuing woman

KPD officers say they're not heroes after rescuing woman from fire

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A woman's home on East Morelia caught fire Wednesday night. She was trapped by flames and couldn't get out. A woman's home on East Morelia caught fire Wednesday night. She was trapped by flames and couldn't get out.
A Knoxville woman is alive thanks to the heroic actions of two police officers. A Knoxville woman is alive thanks to the heroic actions of two police officers.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

NORTH KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville woman is alive thanks to the heroic actions of two police officers.

Her home on East Morelia caught fire Wednesday night. She was trapped by flames and couldn't get out. That's when the officers took action.

Knoxville Police Department officers Cynthia DeMarcus and Haley Starr say they don't normally do fire rescues, but Wednesday night, they arrived on the scene while the rescue was still underway.

"My main thought was that the firemen were going to the front, and I just wanted to go around the house and see if I could find a window or something big enough to get into that was on the basement level," Officer DeMarcus explained.

The officers didn't expect the garage door at the back of the house to be unlocked, but it was, and the fire survivor was near it.

"When she pulled the door open, myself and a fireman went around the side and pulled her out. I was doing ok until the garage door came back down and hit me in the head," explained Officer Starr.

They aren't convinced what they did was special.

"I guess I haven't convinced myself that we actually did save her. I just feel like we did what any officer would do," said officer DeMarcus.

"It's something that you don't really think about. You just do it. Anybody else would have. You can't really stand there and listen to somebody begging for help and just stand there. I would say it's part of the job, but it's just part of being human," added officer Starr.

6 News also spoke to the son of the woman who was inside the house. He says she is still in the hospital, but that she is expected to be just fine.

The officers, and a firefighter who helped with the rescue were treated for smoke inhalation.

 

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