MPD Officers Save Three Children, Family Pet from Burning Apartment

MPD Officers Save Three Children, Family Pet from Burning Apartment

Two Memphis police officers are being hailed as heroes after they pulled three children and the family dog from a Raleigh apartment fire early Sunday morning.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Two Memphis police officers are being hailed as heroes after they pulled three children and the family dog from a Raleigh apartment fire early Sunday morning.

Officers were called to the apartment complex off Raleigh-Millington near Jackson Ave around 5 a.m. on Sunday, March 3 on reports of a woman knocking on doors asking someone to call police. Police found the woman, who said she had gotten locked out of her apartment.

When the officers took her back to her unit, smoke could be seen coming out of the apartment, and the woman said her three children were inside. They contacted the Memphis Fire Department and forced their way inside, where heavy smoke and fire were coming from the kitchen.

MPD Officers James Schmedes and Christopher Deluca crawled on the floor and found two girls, ages 9 and 11, and pulled them from the apartment. Officer Deluca went back inside and pulled a 7-year-old boy and a dog to safety. Nobody was injured.

Officers Schmedes and Deluca have been nominated for a Life Saving Medal for their actions. Schmedes, 36, has been with MPD since May 2008; Officer Deluca, 38, has been with the department since February 2009.

MPD Officer James Schmedes (Photo: Memphis Police Dept.)
MPD Officer James Schmedes (Photo: Memphis Police Dept.)
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