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Sunday night, around 8:40 p.m. Officer Aaron “Gary” Williams, Officer Matthew Robertson, and Officer Daniel Russell went to the Ridgeway Apartment complex on Poplar St. in an attempt to locate a person with active warrants. While searching for their suspect, neighbor Genise Beasley returned home and found her apartment was filled with smoke.
“I didn’t even smell it, nothing, I just heard the smoke detector going off and I keyed in and that’s when the smoke hit me and I came back out with my kids, I didn’t even make it in there,” Beasley said.
She called for the officers and they rushed inside.
Minutes later, they pulled out Beasley’s father, who was unresponsive on the couch.
“We didn’t know how long he had been in there, how much he inhaled, it was scary,” Beasley said.
Beasley didn’t think anyone was home and even told the officers her apartment was empty, but two of them went inside anyway.
The fire started from food left cooking on the stove.
“He remembered that he left the steak on the stove and fell asleep,” Beasley said, “And after that I don’t know what it was, they said he wouldn’t respond to them so that’s what made him go to the emergency room.”
Chief Fletcher said his officers were at the right place at the right time and they didn’t think twice about risking their own lives to save others.
“These were officers who were actually looking for a bad guy and they were trying to serve a warrant, and while that was happening they realized that there was a fire and somebody was in danger,” Chief Fletcher said.
Officers Williams and Russell were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.
Beasley’s father, Mr. Terry Bonds, was taken to the hospital for treatment and released on Monday. He is expected to make a full recovery.
“I thank them so much for that, I do. They was a hero last night,” Beasley said.
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