Off-duty detective saves wheelchair-bound man from burning home

Sgt. Keon Washington
Sgt. Keon Washington

BAKER, LA (WAFB) - A Baker Police Detective is being hailed as a hero, even though he says he was just doing his job.

A disabled man was trapped inside a burning house until Baker Police Detective Sergeant Keon Washington charged into the smoke-filled home.

Sgt. Washington was first on the scene to the house fire on Tristian Avenue Friday afternoon in Baker, LA.

Neighbors told him the man inside the house was wheelchair-bound.

Sgt. Washington didn't hesitate before running inside.

"I just wanted to make sure that if someone was inside, that we could get them out.  I'm not a fireman, but from what I saw, I didn't think that the fire was that bad to where I couldn't go in the house and make sure that no one was in there.  When I got here, my instincts just wanted to make sure that whoever was in there, we could get them out," said Sgt. Washington.

The resident was checked out on the scene and released by EMS.

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