2002-02-16 / Front Page

New York’s Finest To The Rescue Two 100 Precinct Cops Save Couple From Fire

By Gary G. Toms

New York’s Finest To The Rescue
Two 100 Precinct Cops Save Couple From Fire
By Gary G. Toms


Officer Dennis Darcy (left) and Officer James Lavin went into action during the early morning hours of February 10, by knocking down the bedroom door of the couple, who were sleeping as the officers repeatedly knocked on the door to warn them.Officer Dennis Darcy (left) and Officer James Lavin went into action during the early morning hours of February 10, by knocking down the bedroom door of the couple, who were sleeping as the officers repeatedly knocked on the door to warn them.

Two officers from the 100 Precinct, in Rockaway Beach, helped to evacuate an elderly couple from a burning two-family home in Belle Harbor last weekend.

According to police sources, Officer Dennis Darcy and Officer James Lavin went into action during the early morning hours of February 10, by knocking down the bedroom door of the couple, who were sleeping as the officers repeatedly knocked on the door to warn them.

"We received a call about a fire in the area and we responded to the location," said Officer Lavin.

"When we got there, we saw a family outside. We asked the father, Vladimir Vasilets, if there was anyone else inside the house. He informed us that a couple that lived upstairs were still in the house. We then ran up the stairs and ended up knocking down the door after no one answered. We got them coats and shoes and escorted them out of the house," he continued.

Officer Darcy suffered minor injury to his arm while breaking down the door. Officer Lavin was not injured during the rescue effort.

Sources believe the fire started when a night-light in the bedroom of the apartment owner’s son, Elijah, sparked and caused the mattress to catch fire. The family members managed to put out the fire with an extinguisher shortly before Fire Department members arrived.


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