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Philly Officers Save Kids From Burning Home

By Wyatt Earp | May 2, 2009

ppd4Take that, Captain America!

Ya know, the members of the Philadelphia Police Department get a lot of flak from the media and the citizens of this city. Some of it is deserved, but most of it is not. For those out there who think all we do is “harass” people for no good reason, you might want to read this story.

That is, if you are able to read at all.

Two Police officers daringly rescued two children from a burning home in North Philadelphia Saturday morning.

A house on the 2200 block of North 19th reportedly caught fire around 10 a.m., trapping two young girls inside.

A police officer on scene reportedly grabbed a ladder from a neighbor’s home and used it to carry a 12-year-old girl from a third floor window. A second police officer reportedly convinced a 7-year-old girl to jump into his arms from a second floor window.

The girls were taken to Temple hospital for evaluation and released around 2 p.m. with minor injuries. The fire reportedly started in the kitchen and was placed under control within 20 minutes.

Officer Sullivan, who saved the 12-year-old, served two tours in Iraq for the Color Guard. The identity of the other hero officer has yet to be released. (H/T - CBS3)

Acts of courage like this one are the norm, rather than the exception in Philadelphia. It’s high time the people of this city realize that. Kudos to CBS3 for publicizing this story at all. Usually, the local media only mentions us when we frak up.

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9 Responses to “Philly Officers Save Kids From Burning Home”

  1. Kim Says:
    May 2nd, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    My hat’s off to them and am thankful them and the girls are safe.

  2. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    May 3rd, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Bravo guys!

  3. kvegas911 Says:
    May 3rd, 2009 at 3:46 am

    Yay! Postive press for the boys in blue! Way too few and far between. Helluva job, guys!

  4. Alan B Says:
    May 3rd, 2009 at 4:35 am

    Great job by the cops!

    I just wonder what would have been said if the 7 year old had not been caught and had broken a leg or had permanent brain damage.

    We have a crazy fetish over here about “Health and Safety”. Possibly both officers would have been on a charge for not carrying out a “suitable and sufficient risk assessment” and for endangering members of the public. I hope not but it would not surprise me. Similar thinhgs have happened before.

  5. Earl Says:
    May 3rd, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Nice job, but then really, don’t police do very good things daily that never get in the news? I have always thought so, just the number of times to become a real hero aren’t as many (thank you, Lord) as the entertainment media would like you to believe. The younger girl trusted the officer enough to jump - says it all there doesn’t it?

  6. CaptainAmerica Says:
    May 3rd, 2009 at 10:52 am

    1) Inside every cop is a fireman screaming to get out.

    2) Maybe if Lloyd and Nutter didn’t close every firehouse in the city this wouldn’t happen.

    3) Cops on ladders? Now we’ve seen everything!

    4) They’ll both get three days off for smoke inhalation and get to sit next to the President at the State of the Union.

    5) It was probably only a pot of meat.

    Oh Ok. Good job fellas. :)
    My eyes are bleeding now leave me alone.

  7. RT Says:
    May 3rd, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    I’m glad they are getting the positive recognition they deserve.

    Here are interviews with the officers (click on the names):

    Officer Pazdan

    Officer Sullivan

  8. Rick Says:
    May 3rd, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    God Bless these brave men. A great Big Thank-You for what they did.

  9. Daisy Says:
    May 5th, 2009 at 5:35 am

    BRAVO! Well done!

    Glad the officers and the children are alright.