Cal City officer rescues baby from burning home

2014-05-02T13:00:00Z 2014-05-03T20:37:12Z Cal City officer rescues baby from burning homeLauri Harvey Keagle and Gregory Tejeda The Times nwitimes.com

CALUMET CITY | A Calumet City police officer is being lauded as a hero after rescuing an infant from a burning home Thursday night.

"He did a hell of a job in all of this," Deputy Fire Chief Rich Banske said. "Adam was the hero."

Officer Adam Zieminski and the 6-month-old boy he rescued were transported to Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond for treatment of smoke inhalation following the rescue. Hospital officials said Zieminski was treated in the emergency room, then released.

The condition of the boy was not available Friday but Banske said the child was expected to make a full recovery.

Firefighters were called around 8:30 p.m. to a single-family home in the 100 block of 155th Place on a report by neighbors of smoke coming from the structure. When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from the home and one room fully engulfed in flames.

Zieminski went into the home and rescued the child from a smoke-filled adjacent room.

A firefighter also rescued a cat from the burning home. The firefighter resuscitated the cat and transported it to the Calumet City Animal Shelter, Banske said. The cat was expected to be evaluated by veterinarians on Friday.

The fire displaced nine family members, ranging from the infant to his grandmother. The American Red Cross assisted the family with temporary housing, Banske said.

Firefighters from Calumet City and Lansing finished work at the scene around 10 p.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Assistant Police Chief Tom DiFiori described Zieminski, who has been with the department since 1999, as "a veteran officer who has worked various units throughout the department."

DiFiori said he expects Zieminski to return to active duty in coming days.

"I think this shows the dedication the men and women of our public safety departments have toward their jobs," Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush said. "It is also a dedication to the residents of Calumet City, we all benefit from."

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