Meet Hero Officers, Who Rushed to Rescue Lives during Christmas Explosion in Nashville
There is hardly any year where there is no significant accident or tragedy at Christmas. This year, it was a fire in the city of Nashville. Now, people get to see the officers who responded to the issue and brought a lasting solution to it.
Yesterday, local news reports confirmed that six Metro Police officers had gotten commendations for their proactive response to a fire in Nashville.
According to the reports, the brave officers were named Brenna Hosey, Amanda Topping, Timothy Miller, Tyler Luellen, James Wells, and Michael Sipos. They had responded to a call about gunfire while also hearing that a vehicle contained a bomb.
Additional reports explained that the vehicle had been parked just outside the AT&T building in Nashville. The officers eventually got to the vehicle, and they heard a pre-recorded message saying that the bomb in it would go off after fifteen minutes.
Thankfully, they got to work and managed to evacuate everyone before the bomb went off. In his commendation speech, Police Chief John Drake said:
"Immediately, they didn't think about their own lives, they didn't think about protecting themselves, they thought about the citizens of Nashville."
Nashville police investigating Christmas morning vehicle explosion that they believe was an "intentional act."— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) December 25, 2020
3 taken to hospitals, none critical, fire officials say. https://t.co/MBYHmbwCgQ
The Police Chief added that the officers immediately went knocking on doors and getting people out. Without their dedication and bravery, a tragedy would have unfolded.
It is also worth noting that the bomb had reportedly gone off before the local bomb squad could get on the scene. So, the officers indeed saved the day.
They had to leave their homes quickly to avoid getting hurt.
Thank You to Our NFD & @NashvilleEOC Personnel who ran into the heart of Christmas' bombing to help save lives. Thank you for ALWAYS answering the call! #NFDProud #NashvilleStrong #OEMProud pic.twitter.com/6XLlIo4XPb— Nashville Fire Dept (@NashvilleFD) December 26, 2020
Speaking on their experience, Officer Leullen explained that he had been the first to get to the scene. He initially did not suspect the vehicle as he believed it was someone visiting for the holidays.
He eventually waited until Officer Hosey arrived and was looking to get into a nearby building. At that point, the vehicle's announcement began.
Some photos showing damage on 2nd Ave North as multiple agencies continue to work and investigate an explosion from earlier this morning. pic.twitter.com/0cWA3oUCDl— Nashville Fire Dept (@NashvilleFD) December 25, 2020
"When we heard the announcement, Topping was like 'is that the vehicle in question?' and Luellen said yes so we immediately [...] started setting up a perimeter..."
DEVELOPING: Nashville police investigating Christmas morning vehicle explosion that they believe was an "intentional act."— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 25, 2020
3 taken to hospitals, none critical, fire officials say. https://t.co/UyE6tNmidg
Eventually, Officers Hosey and Sipos began evacuating apartments on the street. The evacuation happened floor-by-floor, with officers in a race against time.
Residents and onlookers have also given accounts of the incident, with many describing how they had to leave their homes quickly to avoid getting hurt. Additional investigations will go into the case to seek out the culprit.