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Public Safety News
Houston Police Department
News Release
Friday, December 30, 2011

HPD and HFD Join Forces in House Fire Rescue

About 11:40 p.m. on Thursday (Dec. 29), officers with the Houston Police Department South Central Patrol Division joined forces with the Houston Fire Department to help rescue a trapped teenage girl.

Officers responding to a report of a woman screaming for help in the 3300 block of McGowen arrived to find a house on fire.

“When we got here there were people screaming there are people inside, there are people inside,” said Senior Police Officer Colonel La Munyon.

Upon being told there was a child trapped in the back of the house, the officers ran to a back window, only to find it blocked by burglar bars.

“I took my baton and we just started pushing and pushing and I kept prying until we got both of the bottom sections to break loose,” said Senior Police Officer John Domingues.  “I tried to go in, and I guess it was a flashback or something,” he added.  “You could hear something like the wind and they next thing I knew something blew me out onto the driveway,” Officer Domingues said.

Officers picked him up, and then all of them lifted a Houston firefighter into the window.

“He was able to remove the rest of the burglar bars and he grabbed the girl and got to the window.  We grabbed her and took off running to the ambulance,” said Officer Domingues.

It was a true team effort said Officer La Munyon.

“We can all take great comfort in the fire department we have,” said Officer La Munyon.  “I’ve never been so impressed to watch how they operate and immediately went to work to save these people’s lives,” he added.

In all, five children and their mother made it out of the house, although some of the children remain hospitalized.  The Houston Fire Department and the Houston Chapter of the American Red Cross are assisting the family.

However, Officer Domingues is adamant the officers involved in this rescue are not heroes.

“You’re going to do whatever you have to do to save a human life,” Officer Domingues said.  “It’s our job— it’s what we do.  We don’t ask for any recognition or any credit.  We signed on to be policemen and that’s what we are.”

Photo 1: HPD Officers John Domingues and Colonel La Munyon.
Photo 2: Site of the House Fire Rescue Efforts by HPD and HFD.




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