BUENA VISTA, Va. (WDBJ7) The call came in around 7 pm Saturday, bringing Sgt. John Snyder and Cpl. Darren Hogan to the heavily smoking house.
“The officers responded," Buena Vista Police Lt. Mitchell Harrison says. "They were the first to arrive on the scene, along with another volunteer firefighter that came to the scene.”
No one had seen the woman who lived there. She was still inside.
“They made some attempts to go in the house and had to turn around because the smoke was so thick,” Harrison explains.
Broken windows thinned the haze, and the homeowner was found in her living room, to be brought out to waiting EMTs.
“You know, willing to go in without protection," Harrison says. "Without giving it a second thought to save the life of another person is remarkable.”
They then turned their attention to her pets, trying to save one small dog firefighters had found inside.
CPR and oxygen went into the effort, but his injuries were too great.
The homeowner is now at Duke University hospital, receiving treatment for her injuries, still alive thanks to the efforts of these first responders.
“I don’t know. I mean, it’s just what we do,” Harrison says.