4 Craig police officers honored for saving woman from burning home
August 15, 2018
CRAIG — The Craig City Council honored four Craig police officers with life-saving awards on Tuesday, Aug. 14, for their roles in rescuing an elderly woman from a burning house in June.
Craig Police Department Captain Bill Leonard recounted the June 15 incident, saying the woman contacted Craig Regional Dispatch about 12:28 a.m. and reported her house was filled with smoke, and she couldn’t find her way out. She ultimately took refuge in a closet to avoid the smoke.
Upon arrival, the four officers — Corporal Mike Edwards and Officers Tracy Mendoza, Josh Lyons, and Izauro Gonzalez — saw smoke coming from inside the home, Leonard said.
When the officers attempted to enter, Leonard said, they were pushed back several times by the heat and smoke, but could hear the woman’s cries for help. They circled the home and looked through windows to locate the woman, eventually spotting her near a window. They broke the window and pulled the woman — who has since recovered — to safety.
“The quick actions of the responding officers are credited with saving the life of the elderly female,” Leonard said.
Leonard added this is the second time Edwards has rescued a Craig resident from a burning building. He further noted that, on March 29, Mendoza received another life saving award for resuscitating a 21-year-old woman who had overdosed on heroin.