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Heroic New York officer rescues children from burning home

[July 20, 2021: Josh Shavit]

Credit: Jamestown Police Department

A police officer is being hailed as a hero after incredible footage from his body camera showed him responding to a building engulfed in flames before saving the occupants’ lives by catching them when they jumped out of a window.

According to the Jamestown Police Department's Facebook page, Officer Mark Conklin, while responding to a different call, was alerted to a possible house fire in the area, which is located about 70 miles outside of Buffalo. “Without hesitation,” Conklin proceeded to run to the scene where he found one of the home’s occupants standing outside. That person told Conklin there were five people still trapped inside the house.

According to police, while requesting the Jamestown Fire Department over his radio, officer Conklin directed those who were trapped to jump and he caught them.


In the Facebook post, the department said in part:

I can say that I have seen many examples of heroism over the years by officers. After watching the video of this incident and speaking to others involved, I can say that the actions of Officer Conklin were, to say the least, one of the most outstanding examples of bravery, heroism, and exemplary service I have seen.

We, the Jamestown Police Department, are honored to have officers such as Mark Conklin working in the Jamestown Police Department.

There were no injuries reported. No information was given on the cause or extent of the fire.

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