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Cop drags woman out of her home

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by TheeBadOne, Sep 27, 2003.

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  1. TheeBadOne

    TheeBadOne Well-Known Member

    Officer Saves Woman From Burning Building
    Victim In Serious Condition At Local Hospital

    CHILLICOTHE, Ohio -- Relatives of a Chillicothe woman said she was only seconds away from dying in a burning home when a police officer pulled her to safety, NewsChannel 4's Larry Roberts reported.

    Cheryl McCray (pictured, right), 43, was pulled from the building by Chillicothe Officer Sam Spetnagel. The officer was only a block away from the burning building on traffic patrol when he got the call that a house on Hirn Street was on fire and a woman was trapped inside.

    "When I went to the front door, it was blocked," Spetnagel said. "I heard her screaming. I ran around the side of the house and found her in that doorway."

    Spetnagel said McCray was standing in a daze just inside the back door with flames and smoke around her.

    "I really didn't pay much attention to the flames and smoke. I just grabbed her and ran," he said.

    "It was seconds," said McCray's son, Seth Benner. "If he hadn't pulled her out right away, she wouldn't be here. ... He saved her life. It's just that simple."

    Many people in Chillicothe are calling Spetnagel a hero.

    "I don't think I'm a hero," Spetnagel said. "It's part of the job. It's what we get paid to do, and this is what we do -- help people."

    McCray is in serious condition at The Ohio State University Medical Center with third-degree burns to her upper body.

    This was a pretty good "wake up" for me when I read it. Many of us on this board are dedicated to protecting our family with home security (firearms, light, dogs, locks, etc). This article made me gather up the wife and go around the house checking the doors and windows to make sure exits were not blocked, like in the article. I found one of the fire extinguishers was not where it was suppose to be! One smoke alarm had been disabled (close to the kitchen area), and one basement exit window was painted shut! Well, they are all corrected now, but I thought this was a good family safety subject to bring up. Make sure your family;

    #1 knows what to do in case of a fire

    #2 has the ability to escape

    3# has tools at hand to battle a smaller fire before it becomes larger

    All the best
  2. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA Well-Known Member

    "Cops drags woman out of her house to save her life"..........

    "Cop drags woman out of her house before she is burned alive"........

    etc, etc...........:banghead:
  3. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    Obviously a violation of this woman's civil rights against unreasonable searches and seizures.

    If she survives her injuries, she should use the officer personally and the police department AND town for their culpability and negligence in employing such a monster and allowing such abuses of a citizen's rights to continue.
  4. greyhound

    greyhound Well-Known Member

    When I made my "conversion" to being responsible for self defense, I tried to also include fire escape into my plan. In addition to the cell phone and Mag-Lite on my dresser, I keep a fire extinguisher and dog collar and leash there also in case of fire. I really should get a "fire ladder" too, as the bedrooms are on the second floor.

    (Dog collar must be removed at night because the big chump learned that jangling his rabies and name tags would wake me up in the morning. Haven't yet learned how to deal with the dreaded "firecracker ear flapping". Duct tape? {just kidding}:D )

    Firearms related? I guess fire escape is part of any self defense plan!
  5. TheeBadOne

    TheeBadOne Well-Known Member

  6. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    "Firecracker ear flapping..."

    That's not so bad.

    My Border Collie will sit on the bed, staring down into my face, and panting.

    When dogs pant, they tend to drool...

    You can imagine where it ends up at times... :barf:

    I've taken to sleeping with a pillow over my head. :)
  7. Atticus

    Atticus Well-Known Member

    Good thing he got her out ...or he might have had to arrest her for concealing a FIREarm. It's bad, I know... I know.
  8. Orthonym

    Orthonym Well-Known Member

    Hey, dog slobber ain't so bad-

    I used to have a cat who turned into a really efficient hunter when pregnant. I'd wake up to a cat on my chest, whereupon she'd drop her still-twitching, just-barely-killed squirrel on my chest. I'd say "Gooood Kitty, Goood Lucy!" then fling the thing into the corner and try to go back to sleep. A while later, PLOP! and there she was generously dropping the critter's liver right on to my brisket. I ended up with quite a collection of "tree rat" tails in the corner of the bedroom. No, I'm not married. How could you tell?
  9. Matt G

    Matt G Moderator Emeritus

    Have a plan to get out of the house. Good advice.

    Off topic.
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