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Police Week: Two officers honored in D.C. for rescuing elderly women from their burning home


Carol Robinson
Alabama Media Group, Birmingham

Two Oneonta police officers are being honored for their roles in the dramatic rescue of two women from a burning home last year.

Officers Matthew Suddeth and Cory Glasscock responded to the apartment fire on July 3, 2018. The pair arrived on the scene before Oneonta Fire and Rescue Service and saw that the apartment complex – which housed elderly residents – was ablaze. The flames were already shooting through the roof of one building.

Without hesitation, police officials said, Suddeth and Glasscock ran toward the complex. “Two elderly female residents were unaware of the heavy smoke and flames in their apartments,’’ according a post on the police department’s Facebook page. “The officers broke out exterior windows and helped the occupants to safety.”

Body cam video showed the officers running toward the home, calling out for survivors and then pulling a frightened woman to safety.

Suddeth pulled one of the women through a window because her doorway was on fire. “Both officers provided notification on, and rescue from, what might have resulted in death or injury if not for their valiant efforts,’’ officials said.

Suddeth and Glasscock were recognized at the Aug. 14, 2018 Oneonta City Council meeting for their actions. They will be honored again on May 14 in Washington, D.C.

“Thank you for making the City of Oneonta a better and safer place to live,’’ the Facebook post reads. “Your remarkable actions will always be remembered.”


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