Body cam video shows Roanoke police officer's heroic save

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) A Roanoke police officer's being hailed as a hero for her bravery and quick thinking during a fire last year.

Body camera video shows Officer Kinga Roszak running to a Southeast Roanoke home during a July 2018 call, looking toward a wheelchair ramp that leads to the front door.

Moments later, Roszak is fanning away smoke as she enters through the front living room, flames in the distance.

Roszak found the disabled resident in the kitchen with the fire all around her, at which point she pulls the woman from the ground dragging her expertly to safety through the front door.

Kiwanis Club members recognized Roszak at a first responders' award ceremony Wednesday (Jan. 9), though she said it was simply part of the job.

"It's nice," Roszak said of the award. "I enjoy what I do so I'm glad I could help somebody that day."

In a nomination letter, police officials said the resident "would have suffered catastrophic injuries, or possibly perished in her home," had it not been for Roszak's actions.

The resident -- who has not been identified -- was treated for 1st and 2nd degree burns.

Roszak was one of four first responders honored at the luncheon.