Perry Township Assistant Fire Chief Dave Panezott holds on to a family pet rescued from a burning house Friday night.
(Perry Township police patrolman Don Paulin hadn’t even had his start-of-the-shift coffee.
As a matter of fact, he hadn’t even started his 11 p.m. shift yet Friday when he heard his dispatcher calling him about people trapped in a house fire at 1222 Benton Road.
Paulin and patrolman Thomas Wire arrived at that address to find family members trapped on their back porch roof as smoke and fire began to invade their home.
Four children — ages 8 months, 3, 7 and 10 years old — were quickly handed down to the two officers who took them to their cruisers for safety. Richard and Amanda Willis, their parents, were then rescued from the roof by Salem firefighters who put up a ladder.) Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer