Amherst officers save 73-year-old woman with disabilities from burning apartment

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AMHERST, Ohio-- Two police officers in Lorain County are being credited with saving the life of an elderly woman, who was trapped in a burning apartment building.

Amherst firefighters and police officers rushed to a fire at the Pinecrest Apartments on Middle Ridge Road Tuesday afternoon. Two officers were among the first at the scene and realized a woman with disabilities was trapped on the second floor.

Sgt. Mike Rosebeck, a 16-year veteran of the force, and Patrolman Brian Griffin, sworn in just a year ago, ran into burning building to carry the 73-year-old woman to safety.

Police Chief Joe Kucirek had just arrived when he saw the officers helping the woman, and he said he was impressed and proud.

"They didn't think about themselves. They say there was an elderly person who needed some help and probably, without thinking, their first action or instinct was to go into that stairwell on the second story and carry her down and across the parking lot. It was amazing."

Investigators said they believed without the officers' quick actions, the woman would have died.

The victim is now staying with relatives, and told the chief Rosebeck and Griffin saved her life.

"This is the typical mentality. That is doesn't matter who you are, it doesn't matter your walk of life, if somebody needs help, they are willing to put themselves in danger to help," Kurirek said.

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