Troop­ers res­cue se­niors from fire


jbellmyer@ ce­cil­whig. com

— Six Mary­land State Troop­ers as­signed to the North East bar­rack have been rec­og­nized for their quick life­sav­ing ac­tions dur­ing the Thurs­day night fire at Vic­to­ria Park apart­ments.

The fire — blamed on unat­tended cook­ing — was re­ported around 11 p. m. in the se­nior ci­ti­zen apart­ments at 520 S. Main Street. Det. Sgt. Corbin at the North East bar­rack said troop­ers re­sponded quickly.

“One of the troop­ers was in North East and over­heard the call,” Corbin said Fri­day. Ar­riv­ing at the scene and see­ing flames and heavy smoke he quickly called for sup­port from fel­low troop­ers.

“Two shifts came over and ran in be­fore the fire depart­ment got there,” Corbin said.

Five res­i­dents were evac­u­ated from the build­ing by the troop­ers.

“They picked up and car­ried, or helped them down the stairs,” Corbin said.

Cpl. DaVaughn Parker, spokesman for the Mary­land State Po­lice, said it was a self­less act.

“With­out any equip­ment or any­thing they ran in there ... to see who they could get out,” Parker said.


Howard Ewing, spokesman for the North East Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, said the fire was con­tained to the sec­ond floor apart­ment and caused about $ 5,000 in dam­age. An­other $ 5,000 in dam­age was es­ti­mated to the con­tents of the apart­ment build­ing. Ewing said the au­to­matic sprin­klers did much of the fire sup­pres­sion.

No lives were lost and in­juries were mi­nor.

One trooper was cough- ing and one had soot marks on his face, Corbin said, but all six went back on duty af­ter­ward.

For their ac­tions, all six have been nom­i­nated for the Life Sav­ing Award.

“They got there and ran in with­out think­ing,” Parker said. “They had to be com­mended for their self­less act.”

How­ever, the ac­tual award is a year away and Parker said the troop­ers are not be­ing iden­ti­fied by the bar­rack com­man­der at this time.

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