Life Saving Incident
May 19, 2019
Sergeant Christopher Cornell and Police Officer Joshua Sears were among a group of Albany police officers who responded to a working structure fire on Third Avenue in the South End. Upon their arrival, the officers were met by a frantic woman who explained that her three year old son was still inside on the third floor.
Two police officers attempted to make entry through the front door but were unable due to smoke and fire conditions.
Sergeant Cornell and Officer Sears made their way to the rear fire escape where a group of neighbors told them they could hear the child crying inside of the smoke filled building.
Both Sergeant Cornell and Officer Sears climbed the fire escape and eventually made entry into the apartment where they could hear the child crying but could not see him due to the smoke condition. Shortly after entering, Sergeant Cornell found the child not far from the door and was able to hand him off to neighbors outside.
The child was transported to Albany Med where he is expected to be okay.
Both Sergeant Cornell and Officer Sears were also treated for smoke inhalation and released.
The history of law enforcement in the United States is a long and wonderful history of bravery. This website is dedicated to documenting the heroic deeds of law enforcement officers throughout the United States who have either given or risked their lives to save others. There are many stories of bravery and heroism for many who are considered first responders. However, it is those in law enforcement who are most likely to be the first to arrive upon a location requiring life saving acts engaging dangerous hostage takers, running into burning buildings/vehicles, providing first aid to seriously injured victims, saving near drowning victims and much more are what the women and men of law enforcement do routinely and at many times, great peril to their own safety.
It is our mission to document the history of lives saved by those dedicated women and men in law enforcement. To share with others the dramatic deeds of those individuals who are the first, first responders. It is so important for our citizens to understand that law "enforcement" is not always about enforcing the law but rather being there when our citizens need us.
It is to this end we are dedicated to promoting documentation regarding the history of law enforcement and the lives they have saved.