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Life Saving Incident

March 27, 2023
New York
Seneca County
Seneca Falls

A town police officer rescued a woman from the roof of her home after it caught fire in the early morning hours. Interim Police Chief Tim Snyder said Officer Logan Burgdorf, a four-year veteran of the Seneca Falls Police Department, climbed up a ladder in smoky conditions to get the woman down safely. The fire on Troy Street broke out shortly after 4 a.m. “There was heavy smoke in the neighborhood due to the fire,” said Snyder, noting Burgdorf used a ladder provided by a neighbor. “Officer Burgdorf is a dedicated young officer and we’re proud of him.” The woman was checked over by ambulance personnel but didn’t need to be taken to a hospital. Snyder said the woman’s husband got out of the house on his own, but suffered from smoke inhalation and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. Snyder declined to name the homeowners, citing privacy issues. According to the Seneca Falls Fire Department’s Facebook page, Deputy Chief Steve Farnsworth was on the scene within three minutes of the 911 dispatch and confirmed flames coming from the house. Chief Al Larsen said the fire was under control in about 30 minutes and confined to a laundry room. The Fayette, Waterloo, and Geneva fire departments provided mutual aid. North Seneca Ambulance and Finger Lakes Ambulance also responded.

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.