Albany police say officer Richard Chu saved a man from a house fire in uptown Albany Wednesday afternoon. From the press release: "When he arrived, the home was engulfed with thick black smoke and two women were standing on the front lawn. One of the women stated that her 70 year old paraplegic husband was still inside the house." APD says Chu ran into the house, found the man, and carried him out. Update: It was apparently a team effort: the Times Union reports a home health aide -- Amelia Manso Rivera -- dragged the man downstairs before police arrived. [APD] [TU]
APD: Officer Saves Man Fire
An Albany police officer is being credited with saving a man's life after responding to a house fire yesterday afternoon on Euclid Avenue.
Officer Richard Chu responded to 31 Euclid Avenue, just after 3:30 p.m., for a report of a structure fire. When he arrived, the home was engulfed with thick black smoke and two women were standing on the front lawn. One of the women stated that her 70 year old paraplegic husband was still inside the house.
The officer ran into the house and located the man lying on the floor. He was able to pick the man up and carry him outside.
No injuries were reported during the incident.
The fire which originated in the kitchen, was extinguished quickly by Albany Fire personnel. The investigation determined the fire to be accidental.
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