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Off-duty New York trooper saves bedridden man from burning house

Sgt. Robert Bloom III was in a kilt and on his way to play at a police academy graduation ceremony when he spotted the blaze.
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APALACHIN, N.Y. — New York State Police say a trooper in a kilt on his way to perform at a police academy graduation helped rescue a bedridden man from a burning house.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports Sgt. Robert Bloom III was traveling to play with the pipes and drums section at the ceremony Friday afternoon when he spotted a house on fire in Apalachin, New York.

Troopers say Bloom learned that a bedridden man was stuck inside the house. He then ran into the home with the man's father and a neighbor where they put the man into a wheelchair and wheeled him outside.

The trio suffered smoke inhalation and were transported to local hospitals.

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