Last Sunday night, I was on routine patrol in my squad, when I saw what seemed to be a lot of smoke for your typical backyard fire. I always drive by and check them out. This time, when I came through the alley and around the corner, it was an abandoned HOUSE on fire!
The rear of the house was quickly becoming fully engulfed! I called it in, parked my squad, and went around the house to make sure it was indeed abandoned. I checked the house next door and gave radio an update, and then went back around the house.
When the next officer arrived, we set up a perimeter to block off traffic and provide access to the seven fire trucks that ended up responding. A couple hours later, I ran three firefighters up North in my squad so they could get another emergency vehicle and respond to another accident scene.
I went back to the fire scene, and then responded to a suspicious vehicle call that was driving around nearby with its lights out. I found them, stopped, and interviewed them, and got all their information. I then went back to the scene and stayed until the end, and then gave a statement and information to the fire investigator.
A big shout out to all the firefighters and officers from other departments who responded. Thank you! Great job!
This is what we do. This is what I do. I’ll continue to answer calls, back up other officers, and continue patrolling. As my friend and mentor always taught me, the biggest part of policing is often just being seen, and driving around on routine patrol.
Routine patrol matters.