MIDDDLEPORT, NY - Middleport Police Chief John Swick says he's responded to house fires before in his law enforcement career, and emphasizes that he is no hero, but Wednesday's successful rescue obviously brings a smile to this grandfather's face.
The YouTube video shown here is from a helmet cam as shot by volunteer firefighter Douglas MacPherson of Monroe County, who stopped to help while driving by. You can see the intensity of the flames and the rolling smoke from the fire which broke out around 9 a.m. Wednesday morning in this apartment building on Telegraph Road.
Chief Swick recounts the heroic rescue that saved the lives of a mother and her four children – ranging in age from six months to seven years -- who were still inside when firefighters arrived. The mother has been identified as Jessi Evans. Her sister, Shayla, was also rescued from the building.
Fortunately everyone is all right after being checked out and treated at the hospital.
Evans says she wants to thank everyone involved in the rescue.
The Red Cross is sheltering the family and other tenants. Donations for the family are also being collected through the Evans-Landroche Family Benefit fund at any First Niagara Bank branch.