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Firefighters, police to be lauded for rescuing apartment dwellers from blaze

Firefighters, police to be lauded for rescuing apartment dwellers from blaze

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Calumet City Fire Department ambulance in this file photo.

CALUMET CITY — Police and firefighters credited with rescuing at least six residents trapped on an upper floor during a June 11 fire at the Sandridge Apartments were honored Thursday evening for their heroics, the city announced.

When emergency officials arrived on scene at 5:30 a.m. on the day of the fire, they found several residents trapped and surrounded by flames, the city said.

A tow truck arrives at the scene of a crash at Burnham Avenue and Michigan City Road in Calumet City after a pursuit and carjacking in Highland.

"Four of the residents required oxygen treatment due to smoke inhalation," the city said. "All the residents were transported to a local hospital and have since then been released."

Firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to additional areas of the building.

"I’m at a loss for words as it relates to these incredible firemen and policemen," Calumet City Mayor Thaddeus Jones said. 

"I witnessed firsthand their boundless courage and unwavering determination to rescue these residents from an entrapped area in which they were surrounded by violent fire," he said. "These heroes are more than deserving of being honored by our city."

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Calumet City Fire Chief Glenn Bachert said, "Being a firefighter or a police officer are noble service professions. These public safety champions put others first in every aspect of their jobs. They approached the Sandridge Apartment fire with one mission in mind, to save lives."

The residents displaced by the fire were relocated by apartment property management. Several residents lost many of their belongings in the blaze and the American Red Cross provided assistance.

The 12 firefighters and four police officers received the Unit Citation Award from the mayor and city council. Those rescued from the blaze were expected to be in attendance.


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Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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