In an instance someones life can change and this is especially true with first responders. We came across this article from Portage County, Ohio. It reinforces our mission to help protect our first responders and illustrates why every law enforcement officer needs a Cold Fire Tactical™ can. The article describes the devastating story about a Sheriff Officer in Ohio who was serving a warrant when the suspect tossed a flammable substance on the officer and set him on fire.
Here is the full story as reported by Cleveland.com, (http://connect.cleveland.com/staff/cpinckar/posts.html)
ROOTSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A deputy serving felony warrants was seriously injured Thursday night when the suspect threw a flammable liquid on the officer and then set him on fire.
According to the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, the unidentified deputy was taken to the burn unit at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital. His condition was not available early Friday morning.
Deputies arrived at the suspect’s residence on the 3900 block of Ohio 44 in Rootstown at about 6:43 p.m.
As the deputy approached, the male suspect threw a container with flammable liquid at the deputy and quickly ignited it, according to the sheriff’s office.
Officers on the scene rushed to help the deputy, while other officers were able to grab the suspect.
The residence also caught on fire and was heavily damage, the sheriff’s office reports. Several other deputies had to be treated for smoke inhalation.
The sheriff’s department says it will release more information on the incident at a later time.
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We found this video compliments of “Atlanta Fox 5 News” and it shows yet another example of how Cold Fire Tactical is on a mission to replace the standard dry chem extinguisher with a Cold Fire Tactical unit. Click on the images below to be re-directed to the original article.
Here is an excerpt of that report and link to the entire article can be found below:
POSTED: AUG 05 2018 06:20PM EDT
VIDEO POSTED: AUG 05 2018 07:22PM EDT
UPDATED: AUG 06 2018 09:14PM EDT
ATLANTA – An Atlanta police officer saved a passenger from a burning car Sunday and the rescue was caught on his body camera.
The fire happened on Lenox Road near State Route 400 around 4 a.m., according to police.
Authorities said a car engine went up in flames after the car hit a metal utility pole.
The body camera video shows the flames and the officer using a fire extinguisher to put the fire out.
Officials said three people were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.
Police said the officer’s pants were burned and he suffered minor scrapes and bruises.
Full article located here – http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/atlanta-police-officer-rescues-man-from-burning-car
Kaysville cops burned saving man who set himself on fire speak out
KAYSVILLE, Utah — Four police officers who were burned while rescuing a suicidal man who set himself on fire inside a gas station are speaking about the experience.
Video from this news story can be found here- http://fox13now.com/2018/04/12/kaysville-cops-burned-saving-man-who-set-himself-on-fire-speak-out/
Officers Robert Jackson, Lacy Turner, Cade Bradshaw and Sgt. Shawn McKinnon spoke at a news conference Thursday, describing their encounter with an agitated man at a convenience store last week.
“Obviously, he was in crisis,” Officer Turner said.
The officers were called to try to help the man who doused himself in gasoline and was holding a Zippo lighter in his hand inside the convenience store bathroom. They tried de-escalating the situation, talking to him and offering him help.
As negotiations broke down, Officer Jackson said he waited for the man to close the lighter and then lunged for it.
“It was very hot, very intense, and all five of us turned to the door which, thank God, was open,” he said.
Surveillance video released by Kaysville Police on Thursday showed the flash of fire, and the officers scrambling as the burning man rips his clothing off and lunges into the convenience store shelves. Officers moved quickly to douse the flames. Officer Turner took a fire extinguisher to the man. A deputy nearby took a rubber mat to help beat down the flames on Officer Jackson.
“Both my legs and my calves are third-degree burns. They will be having to do surgery on them. My left arm was burned from my wrist to my shoulder,” Officer Jackson told reporters over a video conference link from his hospital bed.
Officer Bradshaw’s arms are still bandaged from the second-degree burns he received.
“It’s hard to tell my face got burned it actually looks pretty well. I was burned here from up and around back and burns here,” he said, motioning from his neck to his ear.
Sgt. McKinnon and Officer Turner have been cleared to return to duty. The man who attempted to immolate himself remains hospitalized in critical condition in the University of Utah Hospital’s burn unit.
“I feel bad for him. We deal with people that are in crisis. Obviously our main goal is to help them and get them the help they need. It’s a sad situation he was in some point in his life where he felt like he needed to do this,” said Officer Bradshaw. “I hope he gets the help he needs.”
The officers said they were appreciative of overwhelming community support since the incident.
“My job is to protect lives,” said Officer Jackson. “And if I have to risk mine to save somebody else, I’m going to do that.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, help is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-TALK. Utahns can also visit Hope4Utah and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center for additional resources. You can also download the SafeUT app for instant, confidential crisis services.