To the res­cue

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“You do what you have to do, and I didn’t prob­a­bly do any­thing dif­fer­ent than oth­ers would have – but it’s still nice to be rec­og­nized for this,” said Lutz.

The fire was ig­nited against the garage af­ter the res­i­dents had stripped hard­wood floors and placed the rags used in a plas­tic garbage bag. It was this bag that then com­busted and caused the fire, ac­cord­ing to the town.

Kentville Mayor San­dra Snow said the recog­ni­tion is part of a town pol­icy that rec­og­nizes “out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity and ex­em­plary ac­tions” and said this in­ci­dent qual­i­fied largely due to Lutz find­ing the fire be­fore the res­i­dents re­al­ized it had ig­nited.

Kentville Po­lice Ser­vice chief Ju­lia Cec­chetto also said the con­sta­ble’s work pre­vented what would have be­come a more se­ri­ous in­ci­dent.

“This was an act of ex­cep­tional work and due dili­gence – with­out ques­tion, it would have ended up a full struc­ture fire,” she said.

Lutz said among the things he finds most dif­fi­cult as a po­lice of­fi­cer is when he finds out an in­ci­dent oc­curs just af­ter a shift ends, min­utes af­ter he’s hung up his uni­form and headed home.

He said he’s glad this fire was not one of those in­stances.

“There are few times in a po­lice of­fi­cer’s ca­reer where you are in the right place at the right time with some­thing like this. You take it per­son­ally when you miss things … and this was one in­stance where I was in the right place, and didn’t miss it,” he said.

Lutz said he later ran into the woman who was in­side the home dur­ing the in­ci­dent at an event in Kentville, where she thanked him again for putting out the fire.

A few days later, Lutz found out the woman had made him cook­ies as a thank you, and brought them to the po­lice sta­tion.

“I just thought it was sweet that she wanted to thank me in that way – even the cook­ies would have been enough of a thanks,” said Lutz.

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