Police Officer Runs Into Burning Home To Rescue Disabled Woman

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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Body cam footage released Wednesday shows the moment a Tennessee police officer ran into a home engulfed in flames to rescue a disabled woman during a fire July 9.

The incident unfolded around 8:21 a.m. when Corporal Allan Ervin with the Columbia Police Department arrived at a burning home and was made aware there was still a disabled woman in the home. Ervin is seen on footage immediately arriving on the scene and running straight toward the house, which is seen engulfed in flames. Individuals standing outside the burning home can be seen ushering the officer toward the home.

Columbia Police say Ervin ran into the house and carried the woman to safety. The body cam footage does not capture the entire incident.

“Due to the condition of the rescued woman and its graphic nature we did stop the video before she could be viewed,” Columbia Police said. (RELATED: Ohio Cops Save Woman From Sinking Van By Forming Human Chain)

Ervin did not suffer any injuries and the woman he rescued was taken to Vanderbilt Hospital where she remains in critical care for burns and smoke inhalation, according to police. News 2 reports the woman is 37-year-old and is non-communicative, disabled and was unable to escape the fire on her own.

The fire is still under investigation, though Columbia Fire and Rescue said when firefighters arrived on scene “explosions could be heard throughout Riverside from oxygen tanks bursting in the blaze.” Firefighters “cut off utilities to the home” while other firefighters worked to put out the blaze.

Ervin said the rescue is just part of the job, according to The Daily Herald.

“As a police officer, the first thing you think of is the preservation of life, and fortunately, we were able to do that. We know the risks we take when we go out there. You just have to react and use your best judgment,” he said.

Ervin is a veteran who served two tours in Iraq prior to joining the Columbia Police Department 12 years ago, according to The Daily Herald.