quickly assessed the scene and determined the resident had likely not made it out of the home
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne Police Officer Michael Sampieri was dispatched to a residential fire last Tuesday at 1701 Bryan Street and saved an elderly man’s life.
Officer Sampieri was the first to arrive at the address ahead of other police officers or the Melbourne Fire Department.
When he arrived on the scene, he found thick black smoke billowing from the residence and flames were visible inside.
Officer Sampieri quickly assessed the scene and determined the resident had likely not made it out of the home, made entry to the house, and quickly located the disoriented elderly man that had unable to escape.
As other police units arrived, they observed Officer Sampieri escorting the visibly shaken citizen to safety across the street.
The Melbourne Fire Department was able to isolate the fire to the room of origin and extinguish the fire before it spread and caused further damage.
The resident was treated for smoke inhalation but escaped serious injury or death largely due to the quick thinking and actions of Officer Sampieri, who has been nominated for an award by his supervisors.
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