Two Newark police officers rescued a 55-year-old woman from a burning home this morning, police said. Newark police, along with the Alameda County Fire Department, responded to a report of a one-alarm fire at a house in the 6200 block of Joaquin Murieta Avenue at 12:25 a.m., police said.
Officers arrived to find smoke and fire coming out of the two-story home. Police said several people on the first floor unit, including a man being aided by neighbors, told police there was still a woman on the second floor. Police said officers Andrew Musantry and Steven Losier rushed up to the second floor where they found a 55-year-old woman in a disoriented state.
The two officers, with the help of two more police officers, were able to bring the woman down the smoky stairs and out to safety, police said. Musantry was hired in May as a lateral transfer from the San Jose Police Department, police said. Losier joined the United State Marine Corps in 2011 and was hired by the Newark Police Department in 2013, according to police. The two residents in the home were transported to the hospital with injuries not considered life threatening, and police said the four officers who ran into the burning house were transported to the hospital for treatment related to smoke inhalation.
The officers have since been released from the hospital, police said. Alameda County fire spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said she didn’t know the extent of the damage caused by the fire but said the family was displaced and will be staying with family. The cause of the fire is under investigation, Knowles said.
By Bay City News – Friday, December 19th, 2014
By Ann Rubin – Friday, December 19th, 2014
Two Newark Police officers are being hailed as heroes Friday night after rescuing a woman from a burning building.
It happened just after midnight on Joaquin Murieta Avenue.
Officers Andrew Musantry and Steven Losier were among the first to arrive on the scene.
They were wearing body cameras, that started recording when they ran inside.
“I just instinctively went up there. And I couldn’t see two steps in front of me,” says Officer Musantry.
The smoke was thick, so the two crawled up the stairs. They ultimately spotted the resident, a 55-year-old woman, in her bedroom.
“It appeared like she was sitting on the bed, completely disoriented, not really sure what was going on,” says Officer Losier.
The two officers weren’t sure the woman could make it out on her own and so they carried her down the stairs and outside to safety.
The woman was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. So were the officers. Both had inhaled smoke.
And though the fire department was just minutes out, they say it’s not in their nature to hesitate.
“It’s my job. If someone’s life’s in danger, I’m going to go help them if I can,” says Musantry.
“I can say that if I was in her position, I would hope that any first responder would do the same thing to help me. So it’s our job, it’s what we do,” says Losier.
The officers haven’t had a chance to check on the woman yet, though they say they’d like to. Her husband also made it out of the house and is recovering.
A doctor has ordered the officers to give their lungs a rest for two days, before coming back to work.