RICHMOND, Va. — Two Richmond Cops are being thought-about for a lifesaving award following their heroic actions throughout a motel hearth.
On January 7 round 5:30 p.m., Officers Ben Frazer and Steve Gibson had been in search of a needed particular person close to the Richmond Inn and stumbled on a hearth at the back of the motel.
“I went upstairs and began beating on the doorways. Nobody was answering the doorways, so we needed to manually open the doorways,” Frazer recalled.
The companions used a battering ram to realize entry into among the rooms as they rushed to warn friends of the flames.
Upstairs, Officer Frazer would grow to be engulfed in smoke because the flames rose.
“As quickly as the fireplace extinguisher ran out, I heard a poof, and the curtains went up. It hit the balcony space and went up and over that. In fact, he was mainly proper there,” Gibson defined.
Richmond Police Third Precinct Capt. Religion Flippo described the second as smoke-covered Officer Frazer.
“Abruptly smoke took over and he misplaced sight he needed to maintain on to a railing to stroll himself out when he already acquired within the mixture of attempting to save lots of someone and serving to individuals,” Flippo stated.
Flippo stated their efforts deserve a lifesaving award.
“They put themselves in peril to save lots of others. Our Richmond officers do every single day and on this scenario, it’s good of the 2 officers concerned acquired acknowledged for it,” she said.
Practically a dozen friends had been saved as a result of officers’ fast reactions.
Officer Frazer’s accidents required oxygen at the back of an ambulance, however the pair shortly return to responsibility.
“In a scenario like that I don’t suppose it issues should you’re a police officer or firefighter or no matter – the typical human being would have achieved the identical factor we did,” he stated.
These officers believed there’s a lesson to study from a probably devastating hearth. Officer Gibson found some friends had been frightened about their belongings of their room fairly than escaping the hazard.
“We’re not there to observe your stuff burn,” Frazer defined. “We’re there to guard the individuals on the market. Simply do us a favor, hearken to us, and we are going to get you in your room.”
Nobody else was injured.
Richmond Police apprehended the needed particular person on Wednesday.