“These officers demonstrated courage in an extreme environment,” said Captain Brian Bohannon the commanding officer of the 106 Precinct.
“Their quick actions led to the evacuation of dozens of people.”
On Thursday, November 23 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCO) John Fox and Frank Sarro were on patrol in Ozone Park, Queens when they noticed heavy smoke along Liberty Avenue. As the officers stopped their vehicle to investigate the situation, they were met by Police Officer Nicholas Cupulo and his partner Police Officer Terryann Ferguson who had also stopped after noticing the smoke. The four police officers discovered that a residential building was on fire at 130-09 Liberty Avenue.
The officers entered the building to evacuate residents after radioing dispatch to notify the Fire Department of the location. Police Officers Sarro and Cupolo crawled under the smoke and banged on a second floor apartment door, alerting a 31-year-old man who had been unaware of the fire. The man was safely evacuated by the officers and was later treated at Jamaica Hospital for smoke inhalation.
“There was a lot of smoke, and we saw the fire inside the apartment,” said Police Officer Fox.
“I’m glad that we were able to get the man out in time.”
After helping people in the building to safety, the police officers then went to a banquet next door alerting the people attending a party of the fire and that they had to evacuate for safety reasons as the first was spreading.