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A police officer was hailed for his heroic deeds after he stormed into a flaming house in upstate New York on Monday and rescued a trapped family, police said.
Officer Mark Conklin was made aware of a possible house fire in Jamestown, about 70 miles southwest of Buffalo. He ran to the scene and found at least five inmates in the building, the Jamestown Police Department told Eries WJET-TV.
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WJET-TV reported that Conklin had used his radio to call the Jamestown Fire Department for help before helping to get three people off the first floor. Then he turned his attention to the other inmates – a mother and child – and got them to jump out of an upper window, police said.
“Jump! Jump! I’ve got you!” In a bodycam video released by the police, Conklin was heard screaming. He got them both.
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“I can say that I have seen many examples of officer heroism over the years,” said Chief Tim Jackson. “After watching the video of this incident and speaking to others involved, I can say that Officer Conklin’s actions were, to say the least, one of the most outstanding examples of valor, heroism and exemplary service I have ever seen.”
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The boss also thanked the fire brigade for fighting the fire.