CPD Fire Rescue
- A Chicago cop who was a block away when he heard a call about a fire in a three-story apartment building in Lawndale rushed over and helped several people get out safely Saturday morning.
Ogden District Officer Edward Leighton got to the building in the 1900 block of South Drake Avenue, kicked down the door of the unoccupied first-floor apartment, then went on to the second floor, where he knocked in the door and found a mother helping her 8-year-old son with his homework.
Leighton said Zabrina Washington, 33, told him she’d seen smoke but didn’t realize the fire was coming from her building.
After escorting Washington, her six children, their five dogs and their cat outside to safety, Leighton went back in and up to the third-floor apartment, where he kicked in the door and, finding himself faced with a wall of smoke, ran back downstairs and tried but couldn’t get in through the back of the building.
He saw a 54-year-old woman in the third-floor window, had her keep her head out the window in the fresh air and talked with her to keep her calm until firefighters arrived and, using a rescue ladder, brought her down safely and gave her oxygen.
A very good job by the Officer.
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