Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Prince George's Officer Saves Man from Burning House

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- It was a busy weekend for firefighters in Prince George's County after an outbreak of brush fires in the area, but was a county police officer who was hailed a hero for his quick-thinking at a house fire in Clinton.

Officer Jonathan Osbourne was on a routine patrol Sunday evening when he spotted smoke coming from a house on Barnes Drive. Trapped inside was 50-year-old Derrick Maynard.

"I noticed that someone was actually trying to get out the front door," said Officer Osbourne. "I broke the glass door to the house and then kicked the door in. Once the door opened, it was hot. Lots of smoke coming out. I was surprised that he was able to find his way back out."

Neighbors say they have no doubt that Officer Osbourne saved Maynard's life.

"He is a hero in my book," said neighbor Paulette Davis, who watched Officer Osbourne kick down the door.

Officer Osbourne insists he was simply doing his job. "I'm no hero. I'm just trying to do what we are supposed to do."

Maynard survived but sustained third-degree burns to his hands. He is now recovering in the burn unit of a local hospital.

Information courtesy of WUSA 9.com

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