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ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Two Ross Township Police officers rescued a resident who was trapped in a burning home Sunday.

The Ross Township Police Department says Officers Matthew Immekus and Michael Daley arrived at the scene of a house fire in the Laurel Gardens neighborhood Sunday morning.

When they got there, they found out that someone was possibly trapped inside the house.

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Officer Daley forced the front door open, and the two officers saw a woman lying unresponsive on the floor inside the home’s front room.

Both officers crawled inside, through heavy smoke, and dragged her outside to safety.

“Really, the smoke condition is what’s most dangerous,” Det. Brian Kohlhepp, with the Ross Township Police, said. “The houses fill up very quickly with smoke and that can be life-threatening before the fire would even get to someone.”

The Ross Township Police Department used their Facebook page to recognize the officers Monday.

“Ninety-nine percent of police officers get into this for the right reason — to be out there and to help people, and for instances just like this, where they’re able to save someone’s life,” Kohlhepp said.

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