Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Rescues Man From House Fire

May 27, 2015

10985437_711411512320785_932052005757421198_nOn May 25 at 12:45 a.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a house fire at 11002 Greenwood Court in Waldorf.

Neighbors called to say the back of a house was on fire and flames were coming through the roof. Another neighbor called and alerted 911 call takers that two people had escaped – a 26-year-old woman and a 3-year-old girl – but that a man was still trapped inside.

Officer V. Warker was the first person to arrive on the scene. He confirmed an adult male was still inside. Without the benefit of protective gear, Officer Warker forced open the screen door, and kicked open another door and made entry. The house was filled with heavy smoke and the rear of the home was in flames. Officer Warker could only see inches in front of him. Upon crawling on the floor, Officer Warker noticed a pair of white socks. Soon he realized the socks were on a man who was lying on the floor unconscious. Officer Warker dragged the man outside to the front porch where CCSO Sgt. Ashley Burroughs – who had just arrived on the scene – and a neighbor helped pull the man to the street, away from the house. The officers rolled the man to his side and opened his airway. Cpl. J. Timko, another CCSO officer, arrived and went to neighboring homes to alert them of the fire and to evacuate their homes until the fire could be controlled. Fire/EMS personnel arrived on the scene and provided oxygen and took over first aid for the victim who was suffering from smoke inhalation and burns to his head and throat.

The man, 44, of Waldorf, was flown to a hospital with severe injuries.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office is conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire.

Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry stated the actions of Officer Warker were heroic and undoubtedly saved the man’s life.


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2 Responses to Charles County Sheriff’s Deputy Rescues Man From House Fire

  1. Oscar Meyer on May 27, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Thank you Officer V. Warker for your service and bravery.

  2. Christina on May 28, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    A true hero. Having no fire equipment won’t stop you!