GALLIPOLIS — The Gallipolis City Commission honored a pair of officers Tuesday for rescuing a woman from a house fire last month.
Gallipolis Police Chief Jeff Boyer stood before the commission to present the city’s Life-Saving Award to officers Shane Plantz and Mark Still. Plantz was absent Tuesday as he was taking care of business out of town.
“I just wanted to take the time to recognize two officers,” Boyer said. “I present both of them with the Life-Saving Award for their actions on March 12, 2016. Still and Plantz responded to Smithers Avenue on a structure fire. When they arrived, Officer Still was able to make forced entry into the house, located a female victim on the floor near the door. He was able to grab the victim and pull her to the door, and with the assistance of Patrolman Plantz they were able to remove the victim from the burning house to a safe area.”
Boyer congratulated the officers for a job well done.
Police reports previously reviewed by the Tribune stated that some nearby neighbors had also helped move the victim into the yard before medical assistance arrived.
Commissioners gathered and commended the police department for its service.
According to reports the day of the incident in question, officers Plantz and Still were the first to arrive on scene with Officer Jason Lyons arriving soon thereafter. Debris had to be removed around the victim to get her out of the door. Once outside, officers spoke with the victim and she told them she lived alone after officers called back into the residence to make sure no others were there. A First-Aid kit was retrieved from the back of a cruiser in case CPR was necessary, as well as other needed treatments for burns. One set of officers stayed with the victim while another set stayed with her to keep talking in an attempt to prevent her from passing out. The victim’s breath was reportedly labored. Medics soon arrived on scene.
The victim reportedly suffered from severe burns and was transported to Ohio University Medical Center by helicopter. The victim was last known to still be in the hospital
One officer was treated with oxygen after inhaling smoke in the structure.
Former Gallipolis police officer Shallon Schuldt received the Life-Saving Award last year for rescuing a man from a fire in his apartment.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.