Crews rescue two from burning home

February 24, 2009 3:25:26 PM PST
Some Chicago police officers and firefighters are credited with helping save the lives of two people who were trapped in a burning home. The officers were on routine patrol overnight when they spotted flames coming from the house in the 5200-block of South Morgan.

Family members returned to the scene of the fire that destroyed their home early Tuesday morning. When Chicago police and firefighters arrived at the scene they found 57-year-old Darnetta Fleming dangling from the two-story home's window sill.

"My hands were slipping as I was trying to hold on," said Darnetta Fleming, fire victim.

Police were the first on the scene.

"The female victim was up on the second floor window yelling for help. We raised a ladder and got her on the ladder and helped her down," said Officer Dave Tencza, Chicago Police Department.

Firefighters quickly erected ladders to the second floor and were able to successfully rescue the two victims.

Firefighters also went back into the flames to rescue Fleming's brother, 54-year-old Dennis Rabb.

"My brother's handicapped...then they started saying that he was out. We don't care about nothing else. We just care that we both were safe," said Fleming.

Chicago police officers and firefighters from Engine 50 and Tower Ladder 18 are being called heroes for saving two lives.

"It's a great feeling to help people out," said Sgt. Pat Blake, Chicago Fire Department.

"Just doing our job and make sure everyone goes home safe," said Jason Boettcher, Chicago Police Department.

Tuesday afternoon, Fleming and Rabb got the opportunity to personally thank some of their rescuers.

"We would like to say to the Chicago Fire Department thank you so much for rescuing my brother and myself," said Fleming.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. The family had lived in the home for over 40 years. The two victims will now be living with other family members.


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