September 23, 2021
A brave officer rescued an elderly man from a burning house. His body camera showed the smokey footage and his quick actions, which saved a man's life.
This month, Officer Tony Becker from the Port Washington Police Department was surveying his regular route when crackling sounds led him to a house ablaze.
As he made his way toward the home, an elderly woman ran out of the garage. She was panicked and told the officer that her husband was unable to get out of the house.
FOOTAGE FROM THE BODYCAM
Bodycam footage revealed Becker's next moves as he acted quickly to save the trapped man. Black smoke surrounded the house as the officer searched for the 79-year-old.
In the footage, Becker called out for the man and tracked him down inside the home. He then instructed the man to get low onto the ground.
A SUCCESSFUL RESCUE MISSION
Both of them lay low to avoid the increasing cloud of smoke. The officer then told the man to follow his voice and stated that he would have to drag him out. In the short clip, Becker asked the man if he was holding onto him.
The elderly man's soft voice could be heard as he managed a faint, "yeah." The officer managed to get the man to safety before either of them suffered severe injuries.
PROUD OF THE OFFICER
Both Becker and the elderly man were treated for smoke inhalation. Becker, devoted to his job, was back on his shift hours later after doctors cleared him.
Captain Craig Czarnecki, who works as the administrative captain for the Port Washington Police Department, was proud of Becker's swift actions. Czarnecki said: "He put himself in harm's way. He did a great job and helped save somebody."
THE ONLINE RESPONSE
The rescue story garnered many messages of thanks and appreciation for Officer Becker after he saved the man from a burning house. One user wrote: "Thank you for your courage and dedication to saving their lives! A true hero!"
THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WARNS RESIDENTS
The Port Washington Police Department shared the story on their Facebook page. The post read: “We are thankful Officer Becker was in the area so quickly, and despite the dangers presented, was able to affect a rescue of the resident inside."
In the post, the police department also sent a word of caution to homeowners. They stated: "House fires are dangerous scenes that can quickly become deadly." Fortunately, Officer Becker was alert and ready to do his job when it mattered most.