Eureka police officer credited with saving girl from burning residence

2021-04-21 18:32:54

EUREKA, Mo. ( – Eureka police officer Tim Shipp was honored Tuesday for his bravery after he ran right into a burning residence to save lots of a lady trapped inside.

Shipp mentioned he was working a secondary job as safety at a enterprise on January 26 when he overhead a name on the scanner a few home hearth close by. Shipp determined to answer the decision as a result of the house on South Fox Creek Lane was solely a few quarter mile away and dispatchers on the time weren’t but certain if anybody was trapped.

Two residents and a police officer have been taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation following an in a single day hearth on S. Fox Creek in Eureka.

When he arrived the house was totally engulfed. He known as out over the loudspeaker from his car asking if anybody was nonetheless inside and mentioned a member of the family instructed him 67-year-old Jean Anderson was trapped. Firefighters had not but arrived. 

“I may hear her calling from the again of the home the place I used to be and I made a decision like I mentioned as a result of I used to be shut that I wanted to behave, I couldn’t simply wait round,” mentioned Shipp. 

A neighbor who additionally ran over to assist, assisted in entering into the house. Shipp then crawled on his arms and knees looking for Anderson.

“Smoke was very thick. I used to be capable of crawl down onto the underside of the bottom and see a few foot in entrance of me,” mentioned Shipp. 

Anderson’s son and husband have been within the entrance of the house when the fireplace began. Her son caught on hearth, however each have been capable of get out of the house. Anderson had been asleep behind the house. She wears a prosthetic leg and was unable to get out of the house as a result of the smoke was so thick. 

“I believed, ‘If I can’t get out I hope my household is okay,” mentioned Anderson. “I believed, ‘If I don’t get out of right here, I’m going to be useless,’ as a result of I used to be on the level the place I couldn’t breathe, I had my pajamas over my mouth however I nonetheless couldn’t breathe.”

Hastily she heard Shipp’s voice.

“He simply yelled, ‘Increase your hand and I’ll discover you!” mentioned Anderson. “He grabbed my arm and he drug me all the way in which the out.”

Her household’s residence of 47 yr was all however destroyed, however she is grateful she and her household survived thanks for Shipp.

“If it wasn’t for him… he saved my life,” mentioned Anderson. 

Shipp was honored at Tuesday’s Eureka Board of Aldermen assembly for his bravery. The police chief awarded him the Medal of Valor for risking his personal life to save lots of another person’s. 

“I do give it some thought so much, about what may have occurred, it does make me really feel good that I used to be capable of assist out,” mentioned Shipp. 

Anderson mentioned she and her household plan to rebuild the house. 

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