To the rescue
“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.