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Suffolk police officer rescues woman from fire

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Posted at 12:34 PM, Dec 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-16 13:34:08-05

Suffolk, Va. – Suffolk police are praising one of their own after an officer arrived first to the scene of a fire in the 300 block of Lee Street on Sunday and saved the life of a woman.

Officer Marc Drouillard was called to respond to the fire and forced entry into the home.

He went to the second floor and found an elderly woman in the hallway. She was disoriented said she couldn’t get out.

Officer Drouillard led her out of the building and went back into the structure to try and find the woman’s missing cat.

He was unable to locate the car due to the overwhelming smoke and fire.

Suffolk Fire & Rescue personnel were able to extinguish the fire which was ruled accidental and determined to be the result of a space heater being located too close to combustibles.

Suffolk Police Chief Thomas Bennett noted, “Officer Drouillard went above and beyond the call of duty to assist a member of our community. He should be commended for his heroic actions and a job well done.”

Officer Drouillard has been with the Suffolk Police Department since February of 2012. He will be nominated for a Suffolk Police Department Life Saving Award.